Mental health crisis hotline lauched

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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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