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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...
HEALTHY FUNDING: As CEO and president of Newport Mental Health, James M. Lehane III has brought in more than $15 million in new funding and shares more than two-thirds of that funding with partner organizations through provider subcontracts. 
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James M. Lehane III, Newport Mental Health CEO and president

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023 James M. Lehane III Newport Mental Health CEO and president JAMES M. LEHANE III IS IMMENSELY PROUD of how far Rhode Island...
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. 
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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...

Helping those in recovery find a safe place to go

Donna “Dee Dee” Williams works with people trying to stay off drugs and maintain a sober life. Her work revolves around coordinating services, including...

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...

Mental Health Association of R.I. lines up Mental Health Month workshops

PROVIDENCE – The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island and various other organizations statewide are recognizing May as Mental Health Month with a series...
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...

R.I. to launch first 24/7 mental health, substance-use triage, call center...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The state’s first triage and 24/7 hotline call center for overdose and addiction crises, the $1.4 million Behavioral Health Link, will...
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