SOAR Inc. is offering a suicide prevention hotline founder Andrus Love hopes will address warning signs before it is too late.
“All suicide attempts are a cry for help,” Lover said.
There are warning signs from those struggling with suicidal thoughts, he said, including someone suddenly giving his or her belongings.
“There are certain things that you can pick up and dial in on little deeper,” Love said.
Love, a 1995 Reeltown High School graduate who has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and counseling from Troy, has a lot of experience in youth services by working in juvenile probation with the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Resources in Macon County. But he said the crisis line is open and available to anyone.
“In our society we don’t talk about suicide,” he said. “It’s hidden but I am trying to change that. One of my objectives is to get things out in the open because we are faced with so much in the homes, in the community and in the schools. Let’s address these issues.”
Those who know of someone struggling with thoughts of suicide are also welcome to call the crisis line at 334-354-9745. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 800-273-8255.