"It has been a 220% increase of suicide-related calls."
That's 1,446 suicide-related calls so far this year.
"People have a level of resiliance that you know can only be sustained so long. So if the joblessness for them has been going on for six months they're at a less strong point now than they were six months ago or a year ago."
And that's what makes this different. Koziol says it's typical for more calls to come in during times of stress, like the holidays, or right after 9/11.
"I think what is unusual about this particular spike is that this is a very long period, we're talking about six months of consistently rising numbers. As opposed to after 9/11 probably a month to six weeks afterward we started seeing the numbers go down."
Which is why the crisis center opened the Houston Job Hotline, 713.533.WORK. It's a 24-hour line for people who need help finding job resources and assistance. And for anyone dealing with suicide-related issues, that number again is 713.HOTLINE.
Laurie Johnson, KUHF News.