Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Since the suicide of his wife Kristin in April 1998, KBHC Founder Reese Butler has been on a personal crusade. His mission the past 11 years has been to offer HOPE and the option to LIVE to those in the deepest emotional pain. The means to that end:
•The sharing of Kristin’s story, Livewithdepression.org, in an effort to offer
HOPE and the message that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.
• In 1998, the launching of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and its primary program, the National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher dedicated this national crisis hotline network in May 1999. It connects people who are depressed or suicidal -- or those who are concerned about someone they love — automatically to a CONTACT USA or
AAS certified crisis center.
While the idea of a suicide hotline was not a new one, the challenge of creating a national network and connecting our country’s crisis centers under a single, easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone was a daunting task. Prior to KBHC's action, neither government agencies nor non-profit organizations had ever attempted such a project.
People in crisis generally don't have the energy or ability to take on a long search for help. Thanks to KBHC's pioneering efforts a decade ago, now when those looking for support dial 1.800.SUICIDE they are seamlessly connected to an available certified crisis center nearest to their calling location. While it’s seemingly a simple concept, behind the scenes there are significant computer and telephony infrastructures working in concert to provide help within 20 to 30 seconds of a call being placed. Today, 1.800.SUICIDE has been integrated into the government's other nationally supported hotlines. KBHC continues to run its own targeted hotlines, including 1.800.442.HOPE, 1.800.VET2VET, and 1.800.SUICIDA.
Support from across the country helps KBHC achieve its mission to prevent suicide and educate people about depressive disorders.
KBHC is a tax exempt, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded by private donations from
individuals, state and federal grants, and corporate sponsorships.