Reflections on the new suicide hotline...
The sun shines on 988.
A three digit beacon of hope
for weeping minds.
Affirming voice answers the panicked caller.
An invitation for dormant vulnerability to awaken.
Dialogue becomes timeless and
life renews it’s faith and fervor.
A moment for stigma to be transformed.
Silence suffers in the depths of darkness.
Love ignites the spirit of humanity.
Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.