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Suicide Crisis Hotline Used Now More Than Ever

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's crisis hotline has gotten more calls over the last few months from children on the verge of suicide or in emotional distress than ever before.

It was unclear what has been causing the increase, but officials said it could mean more children in crisis or that more are aware that the hotline exists.

The Department of Mental Health and TennCare pay Memphis-based nonprofit Youth Villages to run the statewide program.

Dawn Puster, who is crisis services director for Youth Villages, said trained counselors are always available to help. In the decade since the hotline was set up, she says nearly 100,000 calls have come in with 68,000 that led to home visits.

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