September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. According to preliminary data, there were 777 suicides in Minnesota last year–mirroring trends across the United States. Tanya Carter with the state Health Department says if you or someone you know is struggling…

“Reach out you never know when you might put a smile on somebody’s day you don’t know what somebody’s going through be attentive and really look look look at your neighbor check in on your loved one every now and then.”

Earlier this summer, the U-S rolled out a nationwide three-digit dialing code–988–to access suicide prevention and crisis support. Since switching to 988 on July 16th, calls to Minnesota’s four call centers have increased 44 percent.