In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, Mallory speaks with Jacqueline Sharp, the Arkansas Chapter Area Director for AFSP. The conversation has a focus on 988 usage and updates, including the fact that along with the increase in youth callers, there has been an uptick in calls from caregivers, which is very encouraging. Jacqueline is prioritizing 988 messaging and education across the state and especially among those populations most at risk – youth and farmers. With AFSP Arkansas State Capitol Day just wrapped up, Jacqueline was happy to share that among the advocates were two advocacy groups from local high schools joined the meetings with the AR legislators to advocate on behalf of support for mental health and suicide prevention resources.
Jacqueline Sharp, Arkansas Chapter Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)