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IMALIVE - January 10th 2010, 07:51 AM

I thought this would be the best place to post this. If not I'm sure it will be moved to the proper place.

I know that myself, and I'm sure many others, posted on this forum because we had no where else to turn. I think an online crisis intervention is the best idea yet.

Summary of program - ImAlive! was created to provide online support to people in crisis who are unwilling or unable to make phone calls to our Hopeline Network. The same people that are trained to provide telephone support will now be able to provide the online support that millions of people need.

The Facts
• Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24.
• More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from all medical illnesses combined (NCHS, 2000).
• Approximately one teen or young adult, age 15 to 24, completes suicide every 100 minutes, or 14 young people each day (SAMHSA, 2000).
• For every completed suicide by youth, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made (NCHS, 2000).
• Nearly 17% of students in grades 9 through 12 seriously consider attempting suicide (CDC, 2003 ).
• Suicide attempts are among the leading causes of hospital admissions for people under 35 (SAMHSA, 2000).
• 90% of children and youth who commit suicide have a mental health problem (Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1999).

Target Audience - ImAlive! is the first online suicide prevention network in the world. It is being launched in 2010 by the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and To Write Love On Her Arms. ImAlive! will market to young people in the TWLOHA community, PostSecret.com, Myspace, Yahoo, YouTube , AOL and MSN and other online portals where young people hang out. In the near future, additional communities such as the GLBTQ, Hispanic and African-American communities will be reached through Hip Hop and Rap concerts, as well as targeted marketing to these and other identified high risk populations.

Successes – Our hotline 1-877-YOUTHLINE has been featured on MTV, MTV2, MTVU and Fuse. It was the focal point for three years on the Warped Tour; Take Action Tour and Ozzfest. Over 500,000 CD's with our number and literature/resources have been sold across the US. On Feb.2nd 2005 the YAH! (Youth America Hotline!) was launched at our first Capitol Hill press conference. Members of Congress praised the launch of 1-877-YOUTHLINE and considered it a significant effort in the fight to prevent youth suicide. We have since held 5 annual press conferences on Capitol Hill.

IMAlive will provide real-time online crisis support to millions of people and will be the first 100 percent certified and trained staff and volunteer crisis line. Users will be able to talk one on one to responders through the IMAlive’s instant messaging program.

Our hope is that this will provide online supports to people that are unwilling or unable to make phone calls to traditional crisis hotlines.

The IMAlive program is an initiative of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and To Write Love on Her Arms partnership. The program is working towards an early 2010 launch, but there is a lot of work to be done.

The reality is there is a serious investment of time to become a trained and certified crisis line worker. There is a minimum of 50 hours of training required and a series of tests and screens to go through before you respond to your first email or chat. There is also a cost associated with that training.

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Re: IMALIVE - January 10th 2010, 03:55 PM

I haven't been on the hopeline website in a while, but I remember reading about this. Thank you for bringing it back to my attention!!


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