Florida School Shooting

It pains me to write this blog, but it is clearly something that needs to be addressed. If you haven't heard already, or seen the traumatic images flashing across your tv screen/Facebook feed, there has been yet another, yes ANOTHER mass school shooting. The shooting took place at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. What is known at this time is there were 17 people killed and at least 14 others hospitalized. The suspect is a 19 year old former student of the high school. In the coming days and weeks, more and more information will be released as to how something like this could have happened. At HopeLine, we are not suggesting that we are experts of any kind in regards

Turn V-Day Into Me-Day!

Valentine’s Day, February 14th, is a day we use to celebrate love and express that with our loved ones. You see everyone getting their loved ones flowers, chocolates, cards, candies, and other things to show their gratitude and affection. This is also a day where those that do not have someone to celebrate are often upset or try think of it as just another day. Instead of sticking with how things have always been done, why don’t we use this day as a chance to show ourselves some love? Instead of wishing you had someone to spend the day with, use it to pamper yourself and remind yourself how loved you are by YOU! Use this day as a mental health day. Take the time to take a break if you need o

How You Can Save Lives Using Facebook

Toward the end of 2017, Facebook announced that they would be using Artificial Intelligence along with user 'flagging' to help screen posts and videos of people who are potentially suicidal or in danger of hurting themselves. Here at HopeLine, we decided to do our own investigation into how this screening tool works, and if it is easy for people to notify Facebook of a potential suicidal person. We had our Volunteer Coordinator, Sabrina, post something that was something similar to what we hear our callers and texters saying when they are considering suicide. We stepped through the entire process, and honestly, we are very impressed with how Facebook has implemented this feature. If you are

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