Year: 1993 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (26th: 1993: San Francisco), p.87-89 SIEC No: 19960338

This presentation traces the history of the growth of the San Francisco hot line over 3 decades. It was initially established in 1962 as a suicide prevention initiative, & expanded to include a Mental Health Information & Referral Line, a Drugline, a Friendship Line for the Elderly, a Youth Line, & an AIDS/HIV crisis line. Changes in funding patterns, competing accountabilities, cultural diversity, & impact on old/new programs & volunteers are discussed.