Mesquite is reminding residents of year-round, free access to mental health resources during September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
The city has offered free counseling and referral services since last year through a partnership with the AZAR Foundation, based in Dallas. Residents can call 833-298-9111 to schedule a virtual or in-person session.
The AZAR Foundation offers virtual or in-person counseling visits for individuals, couples, families or groups. Mesquite Mayor Bruce Archer said in a press release last year that the $25,000 partnership agreement with the AZAR Foundation prioritizes residents referred by the Mesquite Police Department.
Additionally, city officials are working on a comprehensive plan that will include training and addition of personnel with mental health expertise so the city can take a “multifaceted approach” when responding to a call that may require a mental health professional, according to a city release.
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If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255), according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.