Suicide Hotline to Close

Suicide Hotline to Close Click to Enlarge Photo: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(KNSI) - A pair of apparent celebrity suicides is drawing renewed attention to Minnesota's cash-strapped suicide hotline, which is on track to close even as suicides in the state are rising.

Crisis Connections has been trying to raise $1 million to stay afloat, but that money was the victim of a budget dispute between lawmakers and Governor Mark Dayton. Crisis Connections is due to close at month's end.

The issue of suicide is front and center following the apparent suicide by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain reported Friday and designer Kate Spade's suicide earlier in the week. Out-of-state counselors will field calls after Crisis Connections' planned closure, but may not be as familiar with Minnesota and local issues.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and PRevention says there were 745 suicides in Minnesota in 2016 -- the last year statistics are available.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone number is 1-800-273-8255.

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