Before the opening, Arkansas was one of only two states rerouting calls to hotline centers in other states. Advocates said the situation prolonged wait times and prevented vulnerable callers from finding local resources.
Health Department Director Nate Smith says the center has answered 900 calls in its first month and is part of a network of over 150 centers connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Department data show suicide is the leading cause of violent death in Arkansas.
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