COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? Gov. Nikki Haley and representatives from The United Way joined today in an effort to bring attention and awareness to the issue of suicide by promoting 2-1-1, The United Ways suicide prevention hotline.
The program is available in all 46 counties of South Carolina and can also be accessed at www.sc211.org . It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and includes a network of 150 call centers throughout the nation.
â??I am very grateful to The United Way for partnering with us and working to spread the word about the suicide prevention lifeline,â?? said Gov. Nikki Haley. â??People in crisis, both adults and children, need to know they arenâ??t alone, that there are trained professionals waiting and willing to help them. The option for active military and veterans is important, itâ??s about neighbors helping neighbors and taking care of those who take care of us.â??
The most recent numbers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report that there were 38,364 suicide related deaths nationwide in 2010.
In 2011, there were 652 suicide deaths in South Carolina according to the Department of Health and Environmental control.
The governor and The United Way encourage anyone in crisis or concerted about someone else to dial 2-1-1 to be connected with certified crisis center personnel.
Veterans, active military, and their families can reach a separate special veterans line by dialing 2-1-1, then 1.