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In the words of WellStone CEO Jeremy Blair, “

HEMSI reports an increase in suicide related calls since the rollout of 988.

In this article: “HEMSI is reporting that they received over 1700 calls between January and June. But between July and August after the rollout of the 988 hotline, they received nearly 500 calls related to suicide and suicide attempts.”

Depending on the age group, suicide is the first, second or third leading cause of death in the United States, from information reported by the CDC.

Calls to the new suicide hotline in Huntsville have tripled in the past month and age has not been a factor. 

September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. If you feel suicide is your only option, you can #dial988. Connect to a trained crisis counselor who will listen, support, and connect you to resources to help if needed.

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