There is no question that the financial meltdown is creating added stress and anxiety for countless Americans, and Oregon Partnership is feeling it on its crisis lines.
“Often, people feel they’re in crisis when they lose their job or their house or are wallowing in financial chaos that’s out of their control,” said Leslie Storm, OP’s Crisis Lines Director.
In August OP received 2,204 calls on our HelpLine and Suicide Intervention Lines.
In September, we received 2,872 calls.
This is a huge increase to experience in one month. Another interesting fact worth mentioning is gender related…in August we had 594 male callers. In September we received 951 calls from men. This is also an unusual increase. Rarely do we see such a spike in calls from men.