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October 20, 2013

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October 20, 2013

I've been friends with the widower of Kristin Brooks for over 5 years. He and his lovely wife and family have been so committed to the cause I had to become a part of it when they opened the Hope Center a year ago. I'll never forget the opening day with the First Lady to the Governor of Maryland, Katie O'Malley, and Creative Genius (and if I remember correctly- long time volunteer, himself), Frank Warren, creator of weekly blog PostSecret.com were there for the opening ceremony. I popped in for 5 minutes while my 3 kids slept in the car (with their father, no breaking child safely laws here lately)- took a mental snap shot- stole an horsdouvre and bolted. And every week or two I have been able to take calls with the free training I received. It feels so good to give back to the Community and hear people's stories when they call in. A volunteer shift of 3 hours usually gets me conversing with 4-5 people in crisis- and I try to hear them out and just be a support. I'm thankful for the service I've been able to make and really hope I was able to offer them some Hope with a capitol H. This is a great place to serve- we make our own hours- the management is kind and hard working- the building is fresh and new- and snacks are often provided. Love it!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Magically get more volunteers involved.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

I have struggled with anxiety disorders for most of my life and volunteering at the hope center has not only allowed me to help others but to help myself, I am so thankful for the opportunity to be apart of something so wonderful. The hope center will hold a special place in my heart forever.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 11, 2010

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June 11, 2010

My work with the Executive Director of the Hope Center has been nothing short of amazing. We have been on a long journey together to change the stigma of mental illness and help provide services to those in need. I've seen KBHC continually rise above challenges and deliver services in the best interest of the mental health consumer. I've seen the organization take difficult stances in regards to funding because it was the right thing to do - not because it was the most financially beneficial. You can be assured this organization is always making sacrifices and doing work on the behalf of those with any type of brain disease.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting people that have worked with the hotlines, attending press conferences and visiting fundraising tours.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional resources - in funding, programs and staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the leadership.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, compassionate and concerned.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a worldwide, online hot line (and give 5 million to iFred!).

Ways to make it better...

the field was well-funded and there was no stigma.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It has been a tremendous pleasure and gift to have worked with the Executive Director.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 10, 2010

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June 10, 2010

I helped KBHC implement a nationwide 1-800 call management and distribution system. The project required the integration of hardware and software into AT&T co-location facilities, call distribution centers and hundreds of volunteer organizations willing to help out their neighbors in distress. Reese provided the vision and drive to make an easily accessible suicide counseling network. He tirelessly worked with all levels of government and industry to move the vision forward.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By meeting survivors and volunteers that have shown their passion around the cause.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with people that are dedicated to a worthy cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

touched in one way or another by suicides; friends, family, etc.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save thousand of lives.

Ways to make it better...

there was less politically wrangling between the government, the grant administrator and the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

stigma associated with the act of suicide.

One thing I'd also say is that...

KBHC has changed the lives, for the better, of virtually everyone associated with the organication and who have benefited from their services

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

June 8, 2010

I am 36 years old my name is Jason. Growing up I had a friend named Chris.Our mothers were best friends so we were together from the crib since we were the same age. I cant really remember a time as a child when he was not a part of my life.As we grew up and went through the divorces of our parents and the pressure of having to move away from the small town where we grew up until the age of 11 or 12, we both found ourselves together again in the same school same town. our moms lived in the same apartment building. He on one side me on the other. At this point we were in highschool and 17. Ready for a new life in the real world.He got involved with an older girl from our hometown and became after awhile quite distant. I felt he was most likely obsessed with her. we didn't talk or hang out as much anymore. But as i was also busy i didn't think too much about it. One day he called me asking to go to a movie. this was such a great surprise of course i cancelled my plans and said yes. we went to a movies together, and he seemed quite happy, more so than i'd seen in a long time. we had so much fun. we got drunk before the movie and ended up not even staying to see the entire film. we walked out and went to a party at a friends house. it was the greatest time we'd had in a very long time.The next day i awoke to banging on my apartment door. It was his girl telling me i needed to come right away, that something was wrong. I followed her to his apartment and up the stairs to his room. she told me he was locked in the bathroom. I tried knocking and calling to him. I told him to please come out and talk to me. I got no answer. She then began pleading with me to break open the door. I was naturally reluctant to do this because this was his mothers home and i did not ant to damage the door. but the sound of her voice and the way she looked scared the hell out of me. I decided i had to get the door open. I called out one more time to him telling him to move away from the door. I braced and then kicked as hard as i could right beside the doorknob. The door flew open and Chris was lying near the door. The image i saw then will live inside me for the rest of my life. It was a stark whit apartment bathroom. Harsh flourescent lights. The very first thing i noticed was the smell. Also something i will never forget. It was the smell of gunpowder and blood. it looked like a scene from a horror movie. Chris was lying near the door in a heap of laundry. The contrast of the red blood against the white walls was overwhelming. There was a shotgun lying next to him. I noticed he was making small sound from his throat. But most of the side of his head was just gone. I fell to my knees and i think i was screaming but i cant remember. I touched his arm and i freaked. I ran out as fast as i could......These are the things i remember from that day. i was 17 then and that day has affected my life so totally that ive been with depression and suicidal thoughts ever since. It's still so fresh in my mind. About seven years later in 1998 or 99 i found out about hopeline while at warped tour. off and on through the years i've had to call the number and rely on them to back me away from the edge. It never failed me. they were always there. Like a friend in the darkness always getting me through. I'm 36 now and in some small measure i owe my life to hopeline!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that i have relied on the hopeline to save my life, many times.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

June 7, 2010

One night I called the hopeline hoping for alternative release than hanging myself. I talked to a lady and she told me I was a good person and I needed to believe in myself. Six years later, I'm still here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 7, 2010

I few years ago I found myself in a very deep and dangerous depression. At the lowest part I felt like I couldn’t even make it through the night, that’s when I called the Hopeline. I talked with someone there for a few hours and I truly feel they saved my life. Not only did they help me in that moment of crisis but the Volunteer give me the information I needed to seek and receive longer care for my depression. Since that night I have talked openly about my depression and have heard from many others like me who feel they have been saved by the Hopeline being there in their time of need. The Hopeline is a safe and caring place for someone to seek refuge from the dark hell of depression and suicide. I’m not sure if one could ever truly count the number of lives Hopeline affects in such a positive way. Thank you

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that I'm alive today because of them

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way they cared and helped me

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Raise more awareness

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 7, 2010

I found this hotline to be helpful not only when I was feeling suicidal myself, but when a friend of mine had committed suicide and I called to just process my feelings and all about it, the person on the phone was equally supportive and kind. We need more compassionate organizations that help those who feel there's no hope find hope--or just know that someone cares.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Calling the hotline a few times and accessing the organization's website.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure. I've seen improvements in their marketing/publicity about the hotline through collaboration with Postsecret, TWLOHA, and with the Pick Up the Phone tour. It's great for getting the word out to young people. Maybe some campaign for older adults.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The hotline volunteers' kindness.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and compassionate over the phone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Raise more awareness about it's suicide hotline so more people can get more support and have suicides prevented. Have more funds for research and training and education programs for all ages.

Ways to make it better...

During one of my calls, the volunteer didn't know much about self-injury. She had the empathy, but she was not very aware of resources. I gave her some of the sources I knew about.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(Generally speaking, not specific to this organization). Consistent knowledge and training.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have the hotline programmed in my phone and share it with people who may need it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 4, 2010

Without a 1-800 "safe" number, there isn't much hope for help when you are in crisis. This is absolutely essential!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I provide this number as part of mental health advocacy work I do, daily!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 4, 2010

We lost my son's girlfriend a year ago to suicide - she was 24 years old. Since then, as part of our healing, I have sought sources that are helping spread the message of hope for suicidial people and those who suffer from mental illness such as depression and bipolar disorder. I dicovered the Kristin Brooks Hope Center as part of the Pick Up the Phone Campaign that the Center is running with another organization, To Write Love on Her Arms. The Center is doing outstanding work and is seeking to provide nationwide service, 24/7 but needs additional funding. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in kids 14-24. Please help us save our youth!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning about the number of people who have been helped through the Center's suicide hotline, the work being done in Washington, D.C. to change laws concerning suicide awareness and education, and lookking to see how I might become personally involved.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save lives -- especially those young people who can pick up the phone and ask for help when they are in their depths and feel suicidal.More people would become aware of what to do when someone says they are suicidal and more wil live.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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