Participants in “Into the Dawn” suicide memorial walk to remember those lost to suicide and acknowledge the pain for those left behind. (Photo courtesy of Embrace Fund)
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A mental health advocacy network based at AUBMC's psychiatry department is seeking to raise $20,000 to help establish the first national suicide prevention hotline in Lebanon, where an average of one suicide death occurs every three days, according to its research.While the Embrace Fund launched an online crowd-funding campaign a few weeks ago, its efforts to create the hotline began a year ago, as part of its national campaign for suicide awareness. After running a pilot call center, Embrace expects the hotline to be operational by the end of 2017 .Nahas said that proving the helpline's effectiveness in a country where suicides are commonly underreported will be a major challenge.He predicts the hotline will have an immediate impact once established, adding that Embrace has a goal of reducing suicides by 20 percent.
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