FirstLink’s Suicide Follow Up Program has reached record highs for referrals and outgoing calls in 2018. Between January 2018 and September 2018, the Follow Up Program has received 1,068 referrals and made 5,773 outgoing calls to participants! These are the largest numbers that the program has seen since starting in 2015. Suicide Follow Up Program Francesca Huelsman, FirstLink’s Follow Up Program Coordinator, has been working to increase the number of providers that can make referrals to the program. Several new health care providers have signed an MOU to partner with FirstLink, resulting in an increase in numbers. Referrals to the program come from partnering health care providers from all over North Dakota and internal referrals from the 211 and NSPL phone lines.
FirstLink has also launched a new way to communicate services with the public! We now offer 2-way text for resources and referrals, listening and support, and crisis intervention. We are excited to be able to offer this service. Simply text your zip code to 898211 to get in touch with a call specialist.