Mental health crisis hotline lauched

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, TX -- There are new resources for those in a mental health crisis. It's a toll free hotline for Grayson, Fannin, and Cooke county residents. Mental health mental retardation officials say they have had a hotline for years, but have improved the system.

There's one phone number for all three counties and anyone can call. Previously the hotline numbers were different depending on which county a person was calling from. A recent budget increase from the Texas legislature allowed MHMR officials to make the upgrade.

They want to stress anyone can call; you do not have to be an MHMR patient. The line is manned 24-7 and accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. If a person needs local help, their information is passed onto mental health professionals in our area.

"Anyone can experience a mental health crisis or emotional distress at anytime and we want people to know that the toll free number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the call will be screened by a mental health professional," says Jill Livingston, chief operations officer with MHMR.

The number is 1-877-227-2226 for Fannin, Grayson, and Cooke county residents.

MHMR professionals say the hotline is especially pertinent this time of year. Experts say sometimes people get depressed or overwhelmed during the holidays, but trained operators are ready to help those who need it.

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  • by Sean Location: The Dam on Dec 21, 2007 at 08:22 AM
    if this service provides medicine then it is good!!Talk is cheap,lets see what happens!! Peace, Sean
  • by been there Location: inside on Dec 21, 2007 at 06:57 AM
    This is great and all, IF MHMR could keep employees. What good is a hotline if you dont have enough employees nor funding to take care of all the problems all these people are having. The pay stinks, the supervisors stink worse and no one in that place knows what a budge is or even how to manage one. As for you "top dogs" the directors of MHMR, they are good for nothing but throwing their weight around, Literally! Instead of "rifting" employees, maybe they need to take a closer look at those higher up on the food chain and start there with taking that dirty trash out first! ps. When you are struggling for money in an organization and you come across grant money or money at that matter, I can think of 100 different ways of spending it rather than buying new leather furniture for a lobby in which people have to sit in and wait 4 hours to see a doctor, and you didnt think it would get tore up!!!!!!
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