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A telephone system often manned by volunteers and dedicated to answering questions about a particular disease or group of diseases–eg, AIDS 'hotline'; or designed to facilitate access to a particular service–eg, abused women 'hotline'. See National Disaster Medical hotline.
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A continuously managed telephone line for communicating with professionals who can help people experiencing crises, such as abuse or neglect, illicit drug distribution, impending suicide, intoxications and poisoning, domestic violence, or rape.
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Q. What to do in a crisis or when you feel depressed? Hi Everybody - I found some great resources for people that feel despondent, suicidal, or simply need to speak to someone about their problems. You don't need to feel bad because there are numerous hotlines with highly trained operators available to help you. These hotlines are 100% FREE to use and completely ANONYMOUS. Please remember that these resources are not associated with iMedix at all. Suicide Prevention / Depression * USA: Hopeline (Suicide): 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) * USA: Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-Talk (1-800-8255) * USA: Teen Hotline Covenant House NineLine: 1-800-999-9999 * USA: SOS Teen Hotline: 1-800-949-0057 * USA: Grief Recovery Helpline : 1-800-445-4808 * USA: Directory of local helplines / centers * UK: Samaritans (Nat'l and local): 08457 90 90 90 or * Global directory of suicide hotlines -

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Citizens should also expect that their requests are treated in a similar way no matter where in Europe they call the 116 hotline. I call on member states to make every effort to implement the hotline swiftly to put children's safety and security first."a
The hotline provides a single number for missing children and their parents to seek help when away from home anywhere in the EU, such as during family holidays.
Hotlines may be old hat, but the growing ubiquity of all sorts of media to spread the word, enhanced enforcement against corruption by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the recent Dodd-Frank Act's promise of bigger bounties to whistleblowers are focusing new attention on what used to be just a red phone in the corporate counsel's outer office.