June 29th, 2022
Mental Health Matters
In 2020, Congress came together to institute a similar phone line as 911 specifically for those in a suicidal or mental health crisis. Beginning July 16, 2022 call, text, or chat 988 and you will be directly connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline where you can talk to a trained mental health crisis worker whether you or you or someone else are having thoughts of suicide or is in a mental health emergency situation.
"988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number—it’s a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
The 988 dialing code is just a first step toward strengthening and transforming crisis care in this country. It serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help." - SAMHSA website and 988 resources www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988/key-messages
Please click below for more information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that you can print and share.
Please visit https://mhanational.org/resources/988 or www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988/partner-toolkit to learn more about 988 and how you can help to spread the word.
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