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Bohemian Raspberry of Westfield to Support Suicide Prevention Hotline

Christopher Reardon

Friday, May 30, 2014 • 6:55pm

Bohemian Raspberry, the frozen yogurt and coffee shop located at 219 South Avenue in Westfield, will be donating 15 percent of all proceeds to suicide prevention hotline CONTACT We Care the first Sunday of each month, beginning June 1. Patrons will simply need to mention the hotline’s name to ensure the donation.

CONTACT We Care is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline as well as a suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aid trainer located in Westfield. Volunteer listeners and texters trained in empathetic listening answer more than 17,000 calls for help every year. A donation of just $15 to the hotline pays for one call.

Donations from Bohemian Raspberry will help keep listeners and texters on the lines for those calls.

“Every 13.7 minutes someone in the United States dies by suicide, including 4,600 young people, and for every one suicide there are 25 attempts,” said Joanne Oppelt, CONTACT executive director. “It is vital that people in crisis have someplace to call where they can find an empathetic ear to help them see they have options.

“Suicide and emotional crises touch so many people, including our loved ones, friends and neighbors. This is a community issue and we are so appreciative to have the support of a community merchant such as Bohemian Raspberry to help in our efforts.”

Bohemian Raspberry serves 16 frozen yogurt, ice cream and sorbet flavors daily, hot and cold espresso drinks, fresh fruit smoothies and pastries from Balthazar Bakery. Believing that people should be able to enjoy something sweet while being health-conscious, the shop’s yogurts are low-calorie, full of probiotics, made with the highest quality ingredients and Kosher-certified. They also offer all-natural sorbets and ice cream flavors. Bohemian Raspberry’s gourmet coffee beverages are made with 100 percent Arabica beans.

CONTACT We Care serves Central and Northern New Jersey and is a primary responder to calls to the national suicide prevention line (1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE) that originate in New Jersey. Callers also reach CONTACT by dialing 908-232-2880 or texting “CWC” to 839863.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer listener or texter at CONTACT We Care should contact Sue Fasano, director of programs at the hotline, at 908.301.1899 or sue.fasano@contactwecare.org.

About CONTACT We Care

CONTACT We Care, headquartered in Westfield and with a listening hub in Morristown, is Central and Northern New Jersey’s crisis listening line, receiving more than 17,000 calls per year.  CONTACT brings comfort and hope to people in emotional distress through active, empathetic and nonjudgmental listening.  All calls are free, anonymous and confidential.  If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call our hotline at 908-232-2880.  We are affiliated with CONTACT USA, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the American Association of Suicidology.  For general information about CONTACT We Care or to become a volunteer, call us at 908-301-1899 or visit our website at www.contactwecare.org.

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