Montana suicide hotline calls doubled within the past weeks

Posted at 8:50 PM, Apr 01, 2020

Montana health leaders say they're taking steps to make sure people who need mental health support during this time can get the services they need.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services says since March 13th they've seen around double the usual volume of calls to the Montana Warm-Line and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The Warm-Line is a resource similar to a “virtual drop-in center.”

D-P-H-H-S has announced extended evening and weekend hours for the service and additional funding for more staffing.

They are also providing more funding for the 24-seven Suicide Prevention Lifeline to handle increased calls.

”If people are feeling isolated or fearful or they just simply are scared about what's going on, one of the best things that we can do is reach out to another person. So no one should feel ashamed about reaching out and asking for help.”

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