According to United Way President & CPO Paul Mina, Call2Talk will help fill a gap in local presence following the recent departure of a Framingham-based suicide prevention organization. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that calls originating in MetroWest represent the second-highest volume in Massachusetts, said Mina.
The United Way’s 24/7 support line for people in crisis or emotional distress relies on peer-supported talk therapy. Trained volunteers and staff help callers work toward a safe place, with the goal of moving them from crisis to self-sufficiency.
“The call statistics leave no doubt that there is a definite need for such a helpline in MetroWest,” said Mark Haranas, MutualOne Bank president and CEO and a trustee of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “By supporting Call2Talk, we can help make sure that residents still have a local telephone support system in place.”
Call2Talk is available to any caller at 508-532-CALL.