Following Robin Williams' death local suicide hotline calls double

His suicide rocked the nation, but in the wake of Robin Williams death, ABC Action News has learned many local lives have been saved because of the attention put on suicide prevention -- specifically the resources that are available.
 
At the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, intervention specialists in the 211 call center usually field around 40 suicide-related phone calls a week. However, in the days following Williams' suicide, that number has more than doubled.
 
"In the wake of the most recent tragedy of Robin Williams we've experienced a high increase," said program manager Mordecai Dixon. "We've received almost 100-105 calls to date."
 
The Crisis Center has had to increase the number of employees on the clock to field the high volume of calls.
 
Dixon believes the increase is due to newly-heightened awareness of resources available.
 
"I believe that this has really been the catalyst for folks taking care of themselves," Dixon said. "We're here, we're available, and we're willing. They don't need to be hopeless solo."

If you, or a loved one, are in need of assistance all you have to do is dial 211. You can also call the national hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).
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