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

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced that the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline fielded more than 6,000 calls during its first year operating...
SUDDEN BOOST: After the national suicide and crisis lifeline changed its number to a three-digit 988, monthly calls in Rhode Island increased 53% from 313 in December 2021 to 480 in December 2022. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor at the BH Link call center in East Providence. The mural was done by artist Elizabeth Jweinat, who works under the name Lizzy $our. 
 PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number change boosts calls to R.I. crisis lifeline

A little over six months since the national suicide and crisis lifeline trimmed down its number to an easy-to-remember 988, calls have been pouring...
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It’s time to take control where we can

We knew from the start that the COVID-19 pandemic was going to do more than make people sick. Just days after our country’s first...

New survey shows Rhode Islanders recognize gravity of mental health, substance...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders on the whole take mental health issues seriously, a new survey indicates. The survey, paid for by the R.I. Department of...

CODAC, BH Link work together to address rise in opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE – CODAC Behavioral Healthcare is expanding its services in two different Rhode Island locations in an effort to provide increased addiction services amid...

R.I. leads nation in percentage of suicide hotline calls answered in-state

CRANSTON – Rhode Island’s response rate for answering calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hit 99% during the first quarter of 2020, a...
GROWING ­CONCERN: Crisis phone screeners Alechi Wali, left, and Lydia Villafana take calls at the state-run BH Link call center in East Providence. The center, which fields calls from people experiencing a mental health or behavioral health need, has seen calls related to the COVID-19 pandemic increase in recent weeks. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pandemic raises workload for mental health agencies

During the first week of March at the BH Link call center in East Providence, about 3.5% of the roughly 40 calls that came...
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