Sadly, It's A Busy Time At Houston's Suicide Hotline
Hair Balls wondered if a similarly grim scenario was unfolding at Crisis Intervention of Houston, our local equivalent.
In a word, yes, says CIH director Dr. Shaun Lester. "There has been a 20 percent growth in calls each year for the last two years," he says.
For much of the end of last year, Lester says the calls often were related to the trauma of Hurricane Ike. In December there came a shift toward the economy. "Most recently a lot have been related to housing assistance," Lester says. "People can't pay their mortgage or their rent or they are finding themselves suddenly homeless."
Normally this is the place where we would make some kind of joke, but this time around, we just can't.
- John Nova Lomax