Minnesota to fund four local suicide prevention call centers

MINNESOTA - Minnesota is getting an important tool back when it comes to suicide prevention - $1.2 million in funding from the 2019 Legislature is kicking in, allowing the state to open four suicide prevention call centers. Minnesota has been without a locally based Lifeline since 2018 due to a lack of funding.

People in distress will still call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which will transfer the calls to one of the local call centers, according to Minnesota Department of Health Suicide Prevention Supervisor Tanya Carter.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline receives calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline is free to use and supports people who call for themselves or someone they care about. If you or someone you love needs help, call 1-800-273-8255.



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