According to the Arkansas Crisis Center, over 800 thousand people worldwide die by suicide every year.
If you break down that statistic that’s one person every 40 seconds that takes their life. According to the ACC, in the United States suicide takes more lives than homicide, war and natural disasters combined.
The Arkansas Crisis Center in Springdale is doing its part to tackle the problem for those in our community.
“There is an outlet for crisis intervention and that’s what the Arkansas Crisis Intervention Center’s for,” said Arkansas Crisis Center Director Jason Ervin.
Those at the center have been a big part in helping preventing suicide.
Emily Gilbertson from the ACC said they see an increase in calls during winter and the holiday season as more Americans experience depression or suicidal thoughts.
“Especially if they’ve lost someone recently it’s a very difficult time for people not having them there,” said Crisis Intervention Programs Director Emily Gilbertson
Gilbertson said helping callers understand their lives are worth living is rewarding, but not all cases end the way she hopes.
“He had the train schedule, and he wanted to jump in front of the next train,” said Gilbertson.
One phone call still sticks with her from the beginning
“All of the sudden I heard the train and he said ya know i’m sorry im sorry but I have to go and I was trying everything to keep him on the phone and he just kept apologizing and then the line disconnected,” said Gilbertson.
According to the ACC each suicide touches more than 100 people and it is their job to help all of those involved.
“We want to help everyone in crisis not just the person the caller was calling about but the caller themselves,” said Gilbertson.
The Arkansas Crisis Center is now selling tickets to their new years eve bash to have a safe place for people to celebrate together and a reminder to the community that the acc is there for them.
Proceeds will go towards the center and helping prevent suicide in Arkansas. For tickets click here.