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Arkansas' First Ever Suicide Prevention Hotline

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The state's first ever suicide prevention hotline is now officially in operation.

The Arkansas Lifeline Call Center began handling calls on Tuesday.

They answer calls to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline that are made from people here.

Arkansas had been one of only a couple of states without its own locally-operated suicide prevention call center.

Now, health officials say they have more resources that can hopefully save more lives.

"The call taker that's answering that phone is gonna help them and give them those resources that they need like maybe you could go to a counselor, and talk to the counselor and a friend at the same time and resolve those issues, and just to reassure them that suicide is just not the answer," explains Mandy Thomas, suicide prevention manager.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts and needs to speak to someone, you can call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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