by Subcity

Take Action! has announced their plans for the upcoming year as well as the results of this years tours and compilations. In 2005, the organization has raised over $65,000 in donations for the National Hopeline Network (1-800-SUICIDE), a suicide prevention and crisis hotline and the Youth America Hotline! 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454), a peer-to-peer line pairing youth callers with youth crisis workers in their area.

Tour organizers gathered over 41,000 petition signatures at the shows this year, a 400 percent increase from the previous trek. The signed petitions will be sent to Congress requesting funding for a national suicide prevention strategy and asking that mental-health parity in health insurance coverage is implemented for all Americans. In February, the charity also took to Capitol Hill to call on Congress to fully appropriate the $82 million funding for the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, which passed September 9th, 2004. The act was introduced by Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) in memory of his son who died by suicide.

The group also has plans for another compilation and tour for Winter 2006.