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Motto "When crisis calls, we answer."
Purpose Suicide prevention
Headquarters Arlington, Virginia
  • Arlington, VA[1]
Services 24-hour crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline
Executive director
Wendy Gradison, PRS Inc CEO

CrisisLink is a non-profit 24-hour mental health and suicide-prevention hot line based in Arlington, Virginia.[2] Founded in 1969, CrisisLink fields more than 20,000 calls annually. The majority of calls to CrisisLink are fielded by trained volunteers. CrisisLink is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.[3]

CrisisLink was founded in 1969 out of a church basement. It initially fielded calls on teen drug and relationship problems. After the September 11 attacks, CrisisLink set up a center at Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington and fielded 6,000 calls about potential victims in 48 hours. In 2003, the hotline won the American Association of Suicidology’s National Crisis Center Excellence Award[4]

In June 2014, CrisisLink added a crisis texting program in Fairfax County, Virginia.[citation needed] Two texting lines were established, one for the greater community and another specifically for Fairfax County Public Schools.[citation needed] As of September 2014, both lines had generated well over 300 texting conversations.[citation needed]

In August 2014, CrisisLink announced its merger with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, another Arlington-area mental health nonprofit.[5]


  1. ^ Zak, Dan (27 June 2011). "Night Lives: Haley Lillibridge works the CrisisLink suicide hotline". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Crisis hot line lends an ear to desperate". Washington Times. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ Dwyer, Devin (7 August 2009). "National Suicide Hotline Inundated by Economically Distressed". ABC News. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  4. ^ Ryan, Ellen (26 December 2006). "Merry Crisis and Happy Blue Year". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  5. ^ Orton, Kathy (1 August 2014). "PRS and CrisisLink announce merger, expanding mental health services". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 August 2014.

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