Wisconsin experienced a jump in crisis calls following the switch to a new three-digit "988" suicide prevention lifeline number.
The change happened Saturday. Operators in Wisconsin took 170 calls Saturday and 168 on Sunday. Normally, it is between 100 and 150.
The switch to 988 is a nationwide initiative to make it easier for people in a crisis to connect with the help they need.
Some people call it the new 911 for mental health emergencies. Anyone with a Wisconsin area code calling 988 will connect to one call center that covers all 72 counties in Wisconsin.
Ultimately, the goal is to help whoever calls the line in whatever way they need and hopefully keep people from needing the police or inpatient hospital services. That includes loved ones of someone who is mentally ill or needs help.