Lines for Life director to retire

The Oregonian, Feb. 6, 2014

Before she leaves work most nights, Judy Cushing walks through the crisis-line call center her nonprofit, Lines for Life, operates. She stops to listen.

In 16 nondescript cubicles, social workers and trained volunteers calmly try to talk people out of killing themselves. Around the clock, they direct addicts yearning to get clean toward services. They listen as veterans describe struggles on the home front. They help the mentally ill and those who love them find care. All together, they take about 35,000 crisis calls a year; of the 17,000 suicide calls, Lines for Life de-escalates 98 percent.

“You can hear those quiet voices,” Cushing says, “talking to someone who’s desperate. It’s a heart stopping moment.”….Continue reading at


Lines for Life
HelpLine: 800-923-4357 — Provides crisis intervention treatment referral and chemical dependency information.
Lifeline: Suicide Intervention 800-273-8255 and Portland Suicide Lifeline (503) 972-3456: Responds to callers who are considering suicide or are suicidal.
Veteran’s Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press 1.
Military Helpline: (888-457-4838): Serves members of the military, veterans and their families anonymously 24-hours a day. Secure online chat is also available at:
YouthLine: (877-968-8491). Peer-to-peer crisis line for teens about bullying, substance abuse, depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues.
Online chat is available at / Text teen2teen to 839863.

Multnomah County Crisis Line, 24/7, at 503-988-4888