Ed's Son Found the Help He Needed

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Ed’s son, John, lost his only child, his marriage and his job. John’s been drinking regularly and started saying things that made Ed believe he would take his own life. Our 2-1-1 referral specialist was able to connect John to a mobile crisis team that could get him that help, right away. When our referral specialist followed up a few weeks later to see how everything was going, he told her: “I’ve lost so much; it’s been hard to see anything else. I’m seeing a counselor and so far, I haven’t had a drink. I’ve got a long road ahead, but I don’t want to end my life. I don’t think I would’ve reached out for help if my Dad hadn’t called you.”


More than 9,000 Buncombe County residents called NC 2-1-1 for information about mental health and addictions services last year.

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(Ed's name amd photo were changed for confidentiality purposes.)


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