Brian Anderson, an imposing man with a rich baritone voice, dwarfs his office chair at the Georgia Crisis and Access Line. He talks softly... New suicide prevention number could lead to rise in calls

Brian Anderson, an imposing man with a rich baritone voice, dwarfs his office chair at the Georgia Crisis and Access Line. He talks softly about the first time he tried to end his life. It was a collect call to his father from a pay phone in Hoboken, N.J., that saved him, he said. “I’d made up my mind that my life was over, and I wanted my father to pray for my soul. I told him, ‘Don’t pray for me, that person is finished — pray for my soul.’ I’d already suffered enough in this life; I didn’t want to suffer more in the afterlife.”

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