Posted: May 12, 2021 / 13:53 EDTUpdated: May 12, 2021 / 1:53 PM EDT
FILE: In this August 11, 2019 file photo, a man was using a cell phone in New Orleans. Federal regulators will vote in July 2020 on whether to make “988” the number to reach a suicide hotline. The Federal Communications Commission says telephony service providers will have until July 2022 to implement the new number, if the measure is approved in July, as expected. (Photo by AP / Jenny Kane, file)
MADISON COUNTY, NY (WSYR-TV) – Madison County is launching a mental health working group to focus on a recent increase in mental health issues in the community. They aim to develop short, medium and long term goals to better develop programs and services.
Mental health professionals were concerned that there would not be enough resources for children in need
Currently, the health department runs a 24-7 crisis hotline, and they say calls have skyrocketed. In 2019, the department received 192 calls. Last year it reached 485 calls.
And this year alone they have received 614 calls. The health department says they also see a new population of people with mental health issues and now suffer from those people who would not normally have anxiety or depression.