February marked the merger of MA 2-1-1 with Call2Talk, a confidential mental health and emotional support call line. Twenty years ago, United Way launched 2-1-1, a free 24/7 information support line connecting people to essential resources in their area. It now serves 90% of America’s population – including the Cape and Islands. Locally, the hotline is made available thanks to the Cape and Islands United Way.
“February was a big month for MA 2-1-1”, says Cape and Islands United Way CEO, Barbara Milligan. “Governor Charlie Baker declared February 11 as 2-1-1 Awareness Day in Massachusetts, and the merger of 2-1-1 with Call2Talk brings to light the importance of providing mental health support in our community”.
Call2Talk is a confidential mental health and emotional support call line that assists individuals and families through stressful times in their lives, helping the despondent and those who may be suicidal. When calling Call2Talk, those who are struggling with mental health concerns have a safe place to call and will be encouraged to discuss their current experience. Some callers even talk openly about their thoughts of suicide and are in search of options. By sharing their personal stories of tragedy, recovery, despair and grief, callers feel relief, comfort and hope – and are given pathways for help.
The Cape and Islands United Way encourages you and your loved ones to connect with resources in your area today. To access the Call2Talk hotline or to receive other help, dial 2-1-1 or visit www.mass211.org.