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Greenville County, South Carolina (WSPA) — Starting July 16, 2022, dial 9-8-8 to route to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Authorities say this will make it easier to get help. They also want this to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
Mental Health America in Greenville County said it’s not a secret that people are struggling so far. Volunteers in the organization answer calls from South Carolina’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
“Last year we had about 22,500 calls, and by July we already had that number,” said Secretary-General Jennifer Piver.
Next year, when 988 numbers become operational, Piver said he expects call volume to increase from 4% to 10%. “We want to hang up and stay in South Carolina,” said Piver.
She expects a 7% increase in calls to lifelines from South Carolina or an increase in 115,000 calls annually.
Additional funding will be required in South Carolina to address this increase in calling and support resources. Mr. Piver said he was applying for a grant and was in contact with state legislators about it.
According to Piver, there may be a small service charge added to the phone charge, similar to the 911 service charge. She said it would be a few cents extra a month.
South Carolina Mental Health Authority (SCDMH) Granted in February Supports 988 lines.
They said the grant would help SCDMH develop a strategic plan to implement the changes in South Carolina.
Lifeline’s current 10-digit number (800-273-8255) will continue to work and will remain online after the migration.
If you or someone you know has suicidal ideation, you can get free confidentiality support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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