Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Kristin Brooks Hope Center

Depression is treatable. Suicide is preventable.

aka IMALIVE

Chester, MD

Mission

The Kristin Brooks Hope Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and healing: by providing a single point of entry to community-based crisis services through innovative telephony and internet based technologies; by bringing national attention and access to services for post partum depression and other women's mood disorders; through education and advocacy; through formal research and evaluation of crisis line services; and, by championing the need for national funding for community-based suicide prevention crisis services.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Kristin Brooks Hope Center, founders of IMAlive.org:
• Started in 1998 on the idea that crisis hotlines must be free and anonymous.
• As of 2015 the National Hopeline Network that KBHC built has received more than 10 Million+ calls.
• Since their launch they have documented more than 60,000 saved lives.
• IMAlive and the National Hopeline Network consists of more than 80,000 volunteers working globally at crisis centers and from their homes.
• Their operational footprint includes:
o Suicide Crisis Line 800-442-HOPE: The most frequently called hotline began as a teen crisis line over 20 years ago.
o IMAlive.org : the world’s first virtual crisis center which takes crisis chats from all over the world
o Postpartum Depression Line 800-PPD-MOMS: This is the first and only peer-to-peer hotline for mothers suffering from postpartum depression in the U.S.
o Spanish Crisis Line 800-SUICIDA: This is the only all-Spanish speaking crisis line.
o Veteran Crisis Line 877-VET2VET: The Veteran line is the first true peer-to-peer hotline for Veterans in the U.S.

Ruling Year

1995

Principal Officer

Mr. Henry Reese Butler II

Main Address

PO Box 106

Chester, MD 21619 USA

Keywords

Depression, suicide, prevention, crisis, internet, post partum, teen, youth, cutting, veteran, soldier, PTSD,

EIN

68-0342550

 Number

2273932377

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Make the services of the nation’s community-based crisis centers universally accessible, no matter where a call originates.

A fundamental vision of the Network is to harness the tremendous base of knowledge, skill, and resources that is present in existing crisis centers. Using that collaborative power, facilitated by reliable and proven technology, the Network intends to work toward making appropriate and critical crisis services universally available.

To allow the person in crisis to choose where they want to go, how they want to be helped and what type of help and services that work best for them. That means, by phone, chat, text, email or in person in their language and with a cultural understanding of where they are coming from. To be a worldwide 24 hour a day crisis intervention and support service that helps reduce the global rate of suicide in a significant way.

IMAlive and the National Hopeline Network plan to provide relief to millions of Americans through our campaign called “Hope is on the Line” because it truly is. Every 11 minutes another life is lost to suicide. On average annually 45,000 people end their own lives. Almost one million attempt suicide requiring hospitalization each year in the US which creates a financial burden on all Americans and further scars for life millions more. These tragic statistics have a traumatic and lasting impact on our communities and our families. Our goal is to reduce these numbers by increasing awareness and encouraging people learn how to prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs and what to say and do when someone they know is thinking about ending their life.

We have 6 major online and telephone portals to accomplish this goal of reducing suicide in the US and around the world.

Kristin Brooks Hope Center, founders of IMAlive.org:
• Started in 1998 on the idea that crisis hotlines must be free and anonymous.
• As of 2015 the National Hopeline Network that KBHC built has received more than 10 Million+ calls.
• Since their launch they have documented more than 60,000 saved lives.
• IMAlive and the National Hopeline Network consists of more than 80,000 volunteers working globally at crisis centers and from their homes.
• Our operational footprint includes:
o Suicide Crisis Line 800-442-HOPE: The most frequently called hotline began as a teen crisis line over 20 years ago.
o IMAlive.org : the world’s first virtual crisis center which takes crisis chats from all over the world
o Postpartum Depression Line 800-PPD-MOMS: This is the first and only peer-to-peer hotline for mothers suffering from postpartum depression in the U.S.
o Spanish Crisis Line 800-SUICIDA: This is the only all-Spanish speaking crisis line.
o Veteran Crisis Line 877-VET2VET

We use the data our counselors input during and after each interaction to gauge the effectiveness of that effort. We offer each person the opportunity to fill out an anonymous survey which over 75% of respondents do fill out. we also offer a follow up in a week to see what progress the caller has made and if there is anything else we can do to help them on their journey to heal. Over 25% accept this offer.

Since our humble beginnings in 1998 with no staff and one volunteer, our founder, we have grown to 12 national programs, connected more than 10 million people to help and hope and over 80,000 volunteers worldwide.

In 2000 our founder persuaded members of Congress to appropriate 3 million dollars a year to support and evaluate a hotline network. That network was and is the National Hopeline Network and the members of Congress were Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Paul Wellstone and Senator Harry Reid. Part of the appropriation resulted in a three year evaluation/study of our network and its crisis centers that answer the calls. It found that 85% of all callers were better off after the call than they were at the outset of the call. This was the first time in history that suicide crisis hotlines were proven to be effective at their mission of preventing suicide. Since then we launched 6 specialty hotlines for moms with post partum depression, veterans suffering from PTSD, teens who want a peer counselor, people who speak Spanish as a first language, graduate students dealing with the stressors of a graduate degree program and a non intervention alternative to the federally funded 800-273-TALK. We then launched in 2012 the worlds first virtual crisis center called IMAlive.org where people in crisis can chat with a crisis line worker anywhere int eh world via the internet. The one thing we have not done is to find sustainable funding and endow the organization so its work can continue until there is not more need for crisis intervention or support of people suffering from emotional pain.

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Yes

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Yes

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Yes

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Yes

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