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Mental health experts in Wisconsin support 3-digit suicide hotlineSubmitted: 12/13/2019
Zack White
Zack White
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Mental health experts in Wisconsin support 3-digit suicide hotline
RHINELANDER - Currently, people who want help need to dial a full 10-digit number.
 
A new proposal shortens that helpline number down to three numbers.

Mental health experts in Wisconsin voiced their opinion in support of the change.

Behavioral Health Administrator Donna Shimeck said it would make the hotline easier to use.

"The hope would be that this is going to be similar to the 911 number and reduce the stigma of reaching out for help when you're at your most vulnerable time," said Shimeck.

Shimeck said the change would streamline things for everyone


"We probably have about 50-60 different crisis numbers in Wisconsin depending on which county you're from," said Shimeck. "So to make it simpler and easier for people to understand would be much more beneficial."

Shimeck said changing the number might also increase the amount of traffic on the suicide hotline.

"I think that you would definitely see an increase in the utilization," said Shimeck

Over the next few months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold public hearings to determine how to support the final number change.


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