On World Suicide Prevention Day 2015, Medical Daily posted an in-depth article that explored the approach utilized by Samaritans crisis response centers around the world when responding to individuals who are in distress, depressed, experiencing trauma, self-harming and suicidal behaviors.

The piece described the befriending philosophy that has been embraced by over 400 centers in 42 countries around the world that operate hotlines, crisis centers, public education and community mental health advocacy programs.  It also provided guidelines on effective listening, keeping the focus on the person you are trying to help and utilizing community resources.

Click here to read the article.