R.I. suicide and crisis line calls increase over 50% since 988 launch

THE NUMBER of suicide and crisis line calls placed to Rhode Island’s 988 Lifeline have increased more than 50% since its launch. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced that the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline fielded more than 6,000 calls during its first year operating in Rhode Island. This shows a significant increase in the number of people connecting to mental health resources as Rhode Island continues to have one of the highest local answer rates…

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