Fox Valley mental health 911 calls up 60% as group creates way to help


Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text “Hopeline” to the National Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

If someone you love had a mental health crisis, what would you want the response to that crisis to look like? 

That’s the question Fox Valley suicide prevention advocates sought to answer when they noticed 911 crisis calls were piling up, sending people in need to hospital emergency departments and into interactions with law enforcement. 

From mid-March to November 2020, 911 calls from people experiencing suicidal thoughts in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties increased by 60% to 755, members of the region’s mental health collaborative shared Thursday morning as part of a community report on suicide-prevention efforts. 

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