Calls to suicide hotline rise after actor’s death

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland nonprofit says the number of calls into its suicide hotline doubled after the death of actor Robin Williams.

Lines for Life Chief Operating Officer David Westbrook tells KGW ( that most of the extra calls are coming from people who have been concerned about another person and were prompted to take action.

Lines for Life says its Suicide Lifeline received 7,375 calls the day after Williams died, the highest number it’s ever received in a single day. The day before the actor’s death, the line received about 3,000 calls.

The 24-hour hotline can be reached at 800-273-8255.

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