A young Massachusetts man with some time on his hands thought he’d give some of it to people seeking help. So he posted a video on YouTube.com showing his cellphone number on Friday and – apparently by Monday – had received 5,000 calls and text messages, the Associated Press reports. He said he “was inspired to act by a video of Juan Mann, whose ‘Free Hugs’ campaign became world famous after video clips of Mann hugging strangers appeared on YouTube,” the Boston Globe reports. He may have to do some fund-raising to pay for all those minutes. He heard from people all over the US and Europe. “About 70% of the callers, he said, wanted to shoot the breeze for a few minutes about their plans for the day, and to inquire about his,” the Globe adds (maybe they should get Twitter). For free help for established sites focusing on the subject, people might check out: Help.com, CarePlace.com, and SuicidePreventionLifeline.org (the last one helps with a lot more than suicidal tendencies – see “The social Web’s ‘Lifeline'”).
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