Statewide peer support line to launch for those dealing with mental health struggles

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A new resource is coming to the fingertips of those battling mental health on Tuesday.

NBC affiliate WRAL says the new phone line will work together with the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline and will give callers the option to speak with a peer support specialist.

Those calling can talk to a peer on the warmline at any time, 24/7, by choosing the option when calling 988.

The program is being run by Promise Resource Network, a peer-run organization in Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services found that over 40% of 988 callers are repeat callers who are helped by being able to talk to someone.

DHHS says the new warmline will enhance 988′s ability to help people.