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JUL-AUG 2017

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32 r e A d u s o n l i n e A t w w w . C i t y s o C i A l . C o m Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. (CIC) recently completed their 7th annual Circle of Support Walk (COS Walk), held on the LSU parade grounds, with almost two hundred participants consisting of survivors of suicide, local support agencies, LSU School of Social Work students, funding partners and community members. The COS Walk concept was originally developed and proposed by Dr. Margo Abadie, a professor in the LSU School of Social Work, as well as the Clinical Director for the Crisis Intervention Center. In collaboration with the staff of CIC By Elizabeth Unaeze Photos provided by Crisis Intervention Center Circle of s upport w alk Aims to e ducate on Crisis s ervices and m ental Health i ssues and the LSU School of Social Work, the Circle of Support Walk was started with an aim to educate the community on services offered to those facing various types of emotional pain, chronic mental and behavioral health concerns and substance abuse. The Circle of Support Walk is the flagship event for the Crisis Intervention Center with all of its proceeds directly supporting the continuation of our mission to reduce the impact of suicide, homicide and violence in our community. The Crisis Intervention Center began in 1970 on the campus of LSU in an effort to help students cope with issues such depression, anxiety and emotional pain. Following the success of THE PHONE on LSU's campus, the Baton Rouge community launched its version of THE PHONE (225-924-3900) in 1974. The hotline is a nationally-recognized and certified telephonic crisis intervention service that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Circle of Support Walk is one of the major fundraising initiatives used by CIC in order to continue offering free telephonic crisis services at its current 24/7 service level. This critical community service handles over 24,000 calls each year while remaining one of the only crisis centers in the county not receiving funding from local or state governments. The Circle of Support Walk offers the community an opportunity to directly contribute to the continuation of this valuable service and to take part in a safer, healthier Louisiana. CIC continuously strives to deliver the most comprehensive services available in the field of crisis intervention including professional and community trainings, Mobile Response Team activations, care management, disaster based trauma counseling and more to aid in supporting the continuum of care needed for successful de-escalation and connection of those in need. For more information on how you can volunteer, partner with us, or find out about services we may offer visit www.cicla.org or contact our main line at 225- 924-1431.

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