- Susan J. Leviton
988 National Mental Health Crisis Line Goes into Effect Today!
From the SAMHSA website:
"Beginning July 16, 2022, 988 will be the new three-digit dialing code connecting people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support is available 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."
"Starting July 16, 2022, when calling 988, callers first hear a greeting message while their call is routed to the local Lifeline network crisis center (based on the caller’s area code). A trained crisis counselor will answer the phone, listen to the caller, understand how their problem is affecting them, provide support, and share resources if needed. If the local crisis center is unable to take the call, the caller will be automatically routed to a national backup crisis center. The Lifeline provides live crisis center phone services in English and Spanish and uses Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages for people who call 988."
People will also be able to reach the crisis line by chat or text.
For further information, visit the SAMHSA website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988#:~:text=988%20goes%20live%20on%20all,with%20a%20trained%20crisis%20counselor.