SD Mental Health Hotline Sees Spike In Calls
(KVHT) – While a spike in calls to South Dakota’s Mental Health Hotline may be worrisome to many, its coordinator is hailing the increase as a step in the right direction. According to reports, the Helpline Center saw a total of 2,334 suicide-related calls in the state last year 2018, which is up from 1,831 in 2017. Audrey Nordine, the coordinator for the Black Hills program believes the higher call numbers are a result of the breaking down of the stigma of mental health and suicide, adding more people are talking about it. According to Nordine, a majority of the calls were related to assistance with basic needs like food, housing, transportation, and utilities. She says that shows the uniqueness of the program. The Hotline Center takes those crisis calls that are not just related to providing information. The Center is helping callers get connected with counseling and support groups in their areas.
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