New 988 Suicide Prevention Number Sees 52% Increase in Calls Locally

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR/KFGO) — Last July, North Dakota’s suicide prevention hotline transitioned from a 1-800 number to 988, and FirstLink officials say that brought a “dramatic” increase in calls. FirstLink is 988’s in-state service provider and serves all of North Dakota and parts of western Minnesota. They had nearly 20,000 contacts directly related to suicide, a 52% increase from 2020….