Low-risk psych calls increase

Emergency workers feeling strain of upsurge in calls

Posted: December 17, 2017 at 1:09 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF Michella Epps (left), telecommunicator, confers Dec. 6 with Donna Carrell, dispatch center shift supervisor, in the Rogers 911 Center at the Rogers Police Department. Psychiatric call volumes aren’t tracked statewide, but emergency officials in various counties have told state officials about increases, said James Bledsoe, EMS and trauma medical director at the Arkansas Department of Health.

First-responders are worried an increasing number of psychiatric calls in Northwest Arkansas will tax emergency resources.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF Ramsey Emerson, Rogers ÿreÿghter, talks about the equipment on board the department’s Medic 5 ambulance ...

Graphs showing a rise in psychiatric calls

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Last year, 11,383 Arkansans called the suicide prevention hotline for help. That number increased to 11,633 this year through the end of October. The hotline is a free, around-the-clock support network for people who have suicidal thoughts. The number is 800-273-TALK (8255).

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

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