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Eddie Dean correctly laments the shutdown of Samaritans’ Suicide Prevention Hotline (“Local Suicide Hot Line Is a Dead End,” 10/4) but incorrectly assumes that local residents have few options when they are in crisis. DC Hotline handled Samaritans’ calls for nearly a year after the shutdown. Since 1975, DC Hotline’s Crisis and Referral Hotline, the Washington area’s most comprehensive telephone counseling service, has provided crisis intervention, support services, information, and referrals to more than 24,000 residents annually. Our trained volunteer counselors respond to a variety of concerns including emergency food, clothing, and housing; domestic violence; suicide; depression; AIDS and other medical issues; substance abuse; relationships; and child abuse and neglect. The Crisis Hotline maintains and annually updates our DC Hotline Referral Directory, listing more than 800 agencies and organizations providing free and low-cost social services. We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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