WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – When calling the Coastal Horizons Crisis Prevention line for suicide, employees will tell you it is not in operation and will redirect your call to the national suicide hotline.
According to administrators at the facility, staff members are still providing all their services, but have restructured since the end of their fiscal year.
Coastal Horizons is still providing crisis prevention services for those in need. They are combining their efforts with Coastal Care to provide 24 hour seven day a week coverage.
Suicide prevention advocates in our area said this kind of resource is vital to people in their time of crisis.
"We need so many resources for people to call anytime any day 24 hours a day seven days a week," Tina Marie Vucci advocated. "Because you don't know when you are going to be in that place where you need to talk to someone right then and there."
Vucci became an advocate for prevention after her brother took his life. Now she helps to organize events for suicide prevention and awareness.
"It's actually a call for help so they are reaching out and they are so hopeless, but it seems that there are no other options, it's like a lifeline," said Jim Cooper of the Touched By Suicide organization.
Cooper also became an advocate after his wife took her life. Now he speaks to organizations and facilities in the community to raise awareness for survivors and victims of suicide.
If you are in need of assistance you can call 910-392-7408910-392-7408 or 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255 for the suicide prevention line.
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