988 line for mental health launches
Last month, the first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline went live. By dialing 988, you now can reach a trained mental health counselor.
This is a free service that is funded by the government and is just one part of a program that will help states create systems that eventually include mobile mental health crisis teams that can be sent to homes, as well as emergency mental health centers.
The rollout of this program will be gradual and could take a few years to be implemented nationally.
The 24/7 hotline is designed for all people in emotional distress.
Care also is available through a chat function at 988lifeline.org or on the existing line at 1-800-273-8255.
The new 988 system will build upon National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is an existing network of over 200 crisis centers nationwide staffed by counselors who answer millions of calls each year.
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