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Many Dial Help services still available during COVID-19

HOUGHTON — Dial Help is the local non-profit crisis center that has been serving the Upper Peninsula since 1971. Although some programs are temporarily on hold, such as school-based supports and educational classes, many are still active. Because of the generosity of funders and donors, these services are free to the community. Dial Help also provides information and resources on their site at www.DialHelp.org/covid-19.

“Right now our priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers, and clients,” said Rebecca Crane, Executive Director of Dial Help. “We look forward to offering our full range of services in the future, but for now we’re still here to offer as many programs as we feasibly can during this difficult time.”

Dial Help’s 24/7 call/text/chat crisis line is available across the UP, as well as their Safety Net Program offering follow-up calls or texts to those dealing with suicide risk or loss, complex crisis, or Substance Use Disorder. In the Copper Country, they are still providing victim services and advocacy, family support services, and coordination for the Baraga and Houghton/Keweenaw Communities That Care coalitions. Select prevention, mental/behavioral health, and Substance Use Disorder services are available remotely.

To learn more about Dial Help and their services, visit www.DialHelp.org. Funding is provided by Aspirus Keweenaw & Ontonagon, FDA, HRSA, Kenneth Ryan Clark Memorial Fund, DHHS, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, NorthCare Network, Portage Health Foundation, Superior Health Foundation, United Ways of Dickinson County & Marquette, UP Health Systems, and West End Health Foundation. You can find their donors at www.DialHelp.org/donors.

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