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CrisisLink Launches Friend Campaign
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CrisisLink Launches Volunteer Network on Facebook!
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Competition to Recruit New Volunteer Hotline Listeners
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LinkUp & Listen 2009 Auction Donors & Sponsors Sought
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 Spotlight on: 2009: A Look Ahead
 Celebrating 40 years: A Message from CrisisLink's Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! 2009 marks CrisisLink's 40th year of service, and now is a time of both challenge and promise for our community and our nation.

As 2009 begins, CrisisLink is doing more than ever to help those in need-our 24/7 Crisis Hotline calls have increased an astonishing +95% these past five years. With your generous support, CrisisLink has expanded to provide 360o services focused on prevention, intervention, and postvention (services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide). Now CrisisLink is on the front lines in this economic crisis, and we're answering more suicide calls than ever in our 40 year history with these calls up +77% over last year.

But we have a lot more in store for 2009.

This month, CrisisLink is launching a major new public awareness campaign-the Friend Campaign-to promote awareness of the 1-800-273-TALK hotline answered by crisis centers like CrisisLink nationwide. We're collaborating on this campaign with the band the Low Stars, who will release their new CD and begin a national tour this spring. To kick-off this campaign, I'm excited to announce CrisisLink has been selected as an official charity of the sold-out All American Inaugural Ball. While the Ball is sold out, I hope you will join us and the Low Stars for some of our other Inaugural events!

Not only are we celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2009, we are also celebrating the 1st Anniversary of 2-1-1 VIRGINIA in the Northern Region. On February 11th -2/11 of course!-we're hosting a breakfast to highlight how innovative cross-sector and regional collaboration can help stretch and strengthen the safety net to meet dramatically increasing needs here in Northern Virginia.

And on April 22nd, we're planning a grand celebration of CrisisLink's 40th Anniversary and CrisisLink's Volunteers at our 5th Annual Gala and Auction, LinkUp & Listen. LinkUp & Listen will be more than a celebration-it will be a 40 year volunteer reunion and important fundraiser to raise vital funding for CrisisLink's life saving programs, from our 24/7 Crisis Hotlines to our Tara Sirmans HOPE postvention program, Community Training, and 2-1-1 VIRGINIA.

But most importantly, in 2009, we are celebrating You. Without the dedicated and generous support of our volunteers, donors, and community partners for these past 40 years, we wouldn't be celebrating anything else. For four decades, CrisisLink's volunteers have been saving lives and preventing tragedies, and as we've evolved from a grassroots organization to one with more than 100 highly-trained volunteers and over 20 staff, our volunteers are still at the heart of CrisisLink.

It's the spirit and commitment of these thousands of volunteers, donors, and partners over 40 years that have made CrisisLink what it is today, and that will keep us going in the challenging times ahead. With your help, we can keep saving lives, preventing tragedies, and empowering people to help themselves every day.

Thank you for everything you do to keep the faith and keep us going!

Carol Loftur-Thun
Executive Director


 Conversations with: The band Low Stars
 CrisisLink talks with Low Stars band members Chris Seefried and Dave Gibbs about the recent launch of the Friend Campaign

Q: What is the Friend Campaign?
A: The Friend campaign encourages individuals and organizations throughout the community to pledge to be a friend when someone they know is facing a hard time and give the number, or make the call to 1-800-273-TALK. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. The Friend campaign will use virtual and live music performances, video, media, social networking, collaborative partnerships, merchandise, music, and celebrity engagement to encourage people to reach out and help a friend in need or make the call themselves in a time of crisis.

Q: Why do you support the Friend Campaign?
A: As a band, and as individuals, we have collaborated on many projects over the years, but this campaign stood out to us in a very compelling way. To say we are profoundly excited to support the awareness of a "lifeline" to those facing crisis would be an understatement. Whenever possible, we all have an obligation to be a friend when one is needed.

Q: What do you hope to achieve with the Friend Campaign?
A: We hope the Friend campaign helps people realize that no matter how bad things are, or how alone they may feel, that they always have a friend available at 1-800-273-TALK. Whether it's themselves or someone they know in crisis, help is available 24/7.

Q: Where can people find out more about the Friend Campaign?
A: If you are interested in finding out more about the Friend Campaign, please click here.


 Media Corner

In Universe of Giving, Some Stars
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Pediatricians Don't Routinely Ask About Mental Health
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Study: Tolerance Can Lower Gay Kids' Suicide Risk Click here to read more.

Economy Prompts More Calls to Suicide Hotlines
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With Depression, Vets Face Higher Suicide Risk
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