Suicide prevention crisis line available in Europe
Story has been corrected on Oct 22. 2011.KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Americans stationed in Europe can now use a toll-free number to connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Military Crisis Line.Most active-duty military, civilians, family members and contractors can reach the lifeline by dialing this toll-free European number: 00800-1273-TALK (8255), according to a news release from Installation Management Command-Europe.The number can be dialed from fixed-line telephones and most cell phones in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, according to the release. The number is not available in Spain at this time.It might not be reachable from all pre-paid cell phones, and some cell phone callers might incur charges, the release states.The lifeline can also be reached from any Army garrison DSN phone at DSN 118.Officials with Installation Management Command-Europe noted that callers should not dial a 1 before the 800. If a caller starts the number with “00-1” the call could result in a pricey charge on the next phone bill.Essentially, dialing 00-800 instead makes the call the equivalent of a local toll-free number, according to officials.Anyone calling in will be able to speak confidentially with a trained crisis counselor, according to IMCOM-Europe.A live Internet-based chat service is also available.
From staff reports