Since its launch in July 2022, more than 2,000 individuals have sought support by reaching out to the 988 national crisis hotline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The hotline's 24/7 call, text, and chat services connect individuals with trained crisis counselors who offer assistance for a wide range of emotional distress situations, including suicidal thoughts and substance abuse struggles.
Suicide ranks as the second leading cause of death among young people and the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, but the hotline aims to reduce these numbers through timely intervention and support. s.
Diana Knaebe, the system administrator for Memorial Behavioral Health, highlighted the hotline's vital role in helping individuals cope with emotional distress and aiding concerned callers seeking support for their loved ones.
Local MBH employees handle all calls, ensuring personalized and sensitive assistance. Additionally, residents of Christian, Logan, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Sangamon, and Scott counties can avail themselves of the Mobile Crisis Response service by dialing 217-788-7070.