September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the one-year mark of the 9-8-8 hotline number. The Crisis Lifeline has been in existence for decades.
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Every day at Youth Villages, we are charged with helping children who have experienced trauma and toxic stress. They may have been victims of abuse, neglect or have experienced significant and chronic community violence.
While adult calls are increasing, there has been a decrease in the number of youth who may need help in a mental health crisis. WMC Action News 5 spoke with clinical supervisor, Natasha Bonner, about how youth and their families are utilizing this hotline.