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  • By Jeff Eiden
    Modernize your crisis hotline with Twilio Flex flex-crisis-hotlines

    Every day, hundreds of thousands of people turn to crisis hotlines for support during some of the hardest moments of their lives. With suicide rates in the U.S. at their highest since WWII, and so many Americans succumbing to "deaths of dispair" (drug overdose, alcohol-related illness, and suicide) that life expectancy has decreased the past 3 years — demand for these life saving intervention services is increasing. In fact, calls to the National Suicide Lifeline Network have more than doubled since 2014 — with that number expected to climb even more significantly once the new 3-digit suicide hotline number (988) is rolled out nationwide.

    This growth in demand is making it increasingly challenging for already resource-constrained crisis centers to provide help to everyone who so desperately needs it. Unfortunately, many people in crisis today abandon their call after experiencing long wait times or simply never reach out in the first …

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  • By Jeff Eiden
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    When a personal crisis strikes — whether it's an LGBTQ teen experiencing bullying, a war veteran who is suffering from PTSD, or a child who is the victim of abuse — access to the right help at the right time can make all the difference.

    Globally, the number of acute personal crises are growing. There has been a 31% increase in the overall suicide rate since 2001, and a doubling of drug overdose deaths in the last decade. This disturbing trend underscores that it’s more important than ever for people to have access to effective crisis intervention services.

    While the weight of these crises can feel overwhelming, the people leading nonprofits that provide help to people in crisis give us tremendous hope. We wanted to take some time to highlight some of our heroes in crisis response and prevention - nonprofit leaders who are using technology to ensure that people …

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