LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Suicide has made national headlines this week after the loss of two prominent figures. News 18 talked to Mental Health America Wabash Valley Center Friday about a 24/7 crisis center available locally.
"We saw about a 60 percent increase from 2016-2017," said Jennifer Flora, CEO of Mental Health America.
Calls into the crisis center at MHA have been on the rise.
"We have quite a few calls that do come in from folks that are experiencing suicidal thoughts," explained Flora.
Flora said the crisis center has been an incredible resource for those people.
Day or night, anybody who needs help can call or text the crisis center and talk to a trained volunteer. They are there to listen and provide resources available in the community. They also provide hope.
"Hope is a huge component of this. And sometimes when people have lost hope, they just feel like they've lost everything. We know that there is hope and we want to be able to share that," said Flora.
More volunteers are going through the training process right now. One is a board member who was aware of the need for more volunteers.
"Being such a valuable resource in our community, I wanted to get involved and step up to the task. It's been an incredible experience," said Danielle Gernhardt.
Flora said friends and family members can play their part by knowing the signs.
"If we are concerned someone may be having suicidal thoughts, chances are they have had them. We want this to be a topic that people can easily discuss."
The number for the crisis center is 765-742-0244. Again, people can call or text 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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