Two million calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: In May the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK ) answered its two millionth call since SAMHSA launched the network of crisis call centers in January 2005. Recent U.S. data indicate that suicides account for 34,598 deaths per year—almost twice the number of homicides (18,361). A caller to the Lifeline is immediately linked to a trained counselor at one of 147 local centers that is closest to the caller's location. Calls are confidential. Over the past five years, the Lifeline has found ways to broaden its reach. In July 2007 a partnership between SAMHSA and the VA linked the Lifeline to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, which provides around-the-clock access to specialized crisis counseling for veterans and their families. More than 250,000 callers have used the link. The specialized counseling is accessible by calling the Lifeline and pressing 1. In addition to its own Web site (www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org), the Lifeline has established a strong presence on the Internet and social networks. For example, the search engine Google posts the Lifeline's number near the top of the page when users search words such as "suicide," "commit suicide," or "kill myself." The Lifeline has established sites within the MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube networks where people can access information and help. In addition, visitors to an interactive site—Lifeline Gallery: Stories of Hope and Recovery—can use animated avatars to share their stories of hope and recovery (www.lifeline-gallery.org). "Relatively few people realize how pervasive suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts are in our society," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "SAMHSA studies show that 8.3 million American adults have seriously contemplated suicide in the past year, with 1.1 million adults actually attempting it. Fortunately the Lifeline has made a remarkable difference in saving the lives of countless Americans."