MADISON COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Madison County is launching a mental health task force to focus on a recent rise in mental health issues in the community. They are aiming to develop short term, mid-range and long term goals to better develop programs and services.
Currently, the health department manages a 24-7 crisis hotline, and they say calls have skyrocketed. In 2019, the department received 192 calls. Last year, that jumped to 485 calls.
And now this year alone, they’ve received 614 calls. The health department says they’re also seeing a new population of people with mental health problems, and those who would not normally have anxiety or depression are now suffering.