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Nashville: "State hotline for youth experiencing a mental health crisis"

Mar 4, 2018, Nashville Public Radio: Concern About School Shootings Spill Into Tennessee's Student Crisis Hotline http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/concern-about-school-shootings-spill-tennessees-student-crisis-hotline#stream/0 Since the fatal Parkland, Fla., school shooting, Tennessee has been hearing more school violence threats through the state’s hotline for youth experiencing a mental health crisis. In the past two weeks, one nonprofit has dispatched its counselors to meet face-to-face with more than 40 young people regarding threats. That’s in sharp contrast to a typical week, when it would be rare to field more than one school threat call. … The Memphis-based nonprofit is one of four statewide that answers the hotline and dispatches counselors. Youth Villages handles about 70 percent of the state, including all of Middle Tennessee except for Davidson County. … While anyone can call the state hotline — at 855-CRISIS-1 — it’s often used by teachers, hospital staff, or parents. Because the call-takers are trained counselors, some aid can be provided immediately. When warranted, an in-person visit can follow, usually within 2 hours. The counselors meet the student, teachers, family or police and together create a safety plan. That could include buying a lockbox to guard a weapon or enlisting a weekly in-home counselor. Some cases lead to hospitalization or juvenile charges or detainment. …