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WIU’s Hotline Peer Support Call Center Students and Faculty Support Walk to Fight Suicide

September 27, 2021

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MACOMB, IL – Undergraduate students and faculty from Western Illinois University's Psychology Department Hotline call center participated as a team to raise money and awareness through the Out of the Darkness Community Walk to Fight Suicide Sept. 25 in Macomb.

Ten undergraduate students and their faculty advisor walked to promote the Hotline call center, which raised $200 dollars for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The Hotline Team participated in the walk around the Macomb square to highlight the need for support and treatment for those suffering in our community.

The Hotline call center is available to students and community members of the western Illinois region, everyday residence halls are open, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., and is available by calling (309) 298-3211.

Hotline is a service provided for both the Western Illinois University and Macomb communities. Its staff consists of paraprofessional student volunteers, who are trained to provide callers with information, referrals and telephone support and guidance. They provide empathy and understanding while helping callers resolve any concerns.

Hotline was founded on the campus of Western Illinois University in 1971. In the past 30 years, Hotline focuses on the original purpose for which it was founded, to provide telephone support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and advocacy.

For more information about Hotline call center, and the Psychology program at WIU, visit

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