If you or someone you love is in a place of despair and you need help right now, even if our office hours are closed, there are resources available who can help you in this dark hour.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
What happens when you call the lifeline?
- First, you’ll hear an automated message featuring additional options while your call is routed to your local Lifeline network crisis center.
- They’ll play you a little music while we connect you to a skilled, trained crisis worker.
- A trained crisis worker at your local center will answer the phone.
- This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and get you the help you need.
Lifeline Center calls are free and confidential, and available 24/7.
Crisis Text Line (Text CONNECT to 741741 in the United States)
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 62 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.
Crisis Text Line was born “from the rib” of DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change. Dozens of DoSomething.org members were texting in to ask for personal help and CEO Nancy Lublin came up with the idea for Crisis Text Line and quietly launched in August 2013.
Within 4 months, Crisis Text Line was being used in all 295 area codes in the US. Two years later, Crisis Text Line spun out into a separate entity and Nancy went along with it.
Complete story detailed in this New Yorker article.
The TrevorLifeline – 1-866-488-7386
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Our Mission Statement at Saint Miriam is simple: To Welcome Everyone. We are an open and affirming parish community of the Old Catholic Church inviting people of every age, race, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, means, ability, and spiritual tradition to join together with us in the love of God and service to our neighbor. Everyone is welcome at Saint Miriam. Period.
Saint Miriam Parish is staffed weekly, but we also understand that there may be times when you have an emergency or an urgent need. During these times, you may call the main number, 215-836-9800 and dial extension 703 and follow the voice instructions. Your message will be sent to the Priest-on-call and someone will get back to you within minutes. To send us a prayer request, contact us here.