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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launches new 3-digit number

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for mental health crises, it now takes just three digits: 988. On Saturday, Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit organization that operates the lifeline on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), released the 988 dialing code available to everyone in the United States. Until now, the dial-in code to reach the lifeline was 1-800-273-TALK, which will remain in operation during the current extension to 988 . Text messages can also be sent to the three-digit number. Veterans can now call 988 and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.”One of the goals of 988 is to make sure people get the help they need when they want it, where they need it. And so , when a person calls 988, they can expect to have a conversation with a trained, compassionate crisis counselor who will talk to them about what they are going through. mobile crisis team,” said Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, administrator of SAMHSA, earlier this month during a call with reporters. minimize unnecessary contact or connection with police departments when what a person needs is to connect with either a mobile crisis worker or with anyone in the mental health and behavioral health care system,” she added. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline e has been operating since 2005 and is funded by SAMHSA. In 2020, the five leaders of the US Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to finalize 988 as the three-digit number Americans can call to connect to the existing network of trained counselors of life. of 2020 became law, amending the Communications Act of 1934 to designate 988 as “the universal telephone number for the purpose of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Mental Health Crisis Hotline System operated through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Affairs Crisis Line and for other purposes.” medical emergencies — there is growing concern among leading mental health and suicide prevention groups that 988 call centers may not be ready to handle an expected influx of calls. The hotline received 3.6 million calls, chats and texts in 2021, and that number is expected to double in the first full year after the transition, according to SAMHSA, to 988. Bob Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told CNN that “a big concern is that demands can exceed capacity very quickly and centers will be overwhelmed be solved.” “When that happens, then calls get dropped, wait times go up, and the people on the other end who are struggling don’t have the connection they need,” Gebbia said. Since the FCC approved 988 in 2020, the federal government and and Vibrant have prepared to roll out the triple digit number nationally by providing grants to states to support call centers and actively trying to hire more crisis counselors.People interested in learning more can visit the SAMHSA website.

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for mental health crises, it now takes just three digits: 988.

On Saturday, Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit organization that operates the lifeline on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), launched the 988 hotline available to anyone in United States.

Until now, the dialing code to reach lifeline was 1-800-273-TALK, which will remain in place during the current expansion to 988. Text messages can be sent and the three-digit number.

Veterans can now dial 988 and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

“One of the goals of 988 is to make sure people get the help they need when they need it, where they need it. And so when a person calls 988, they can expect to have a conversation with a trained, compassionate crisis counselor who will talk to them about what they’re going through. If further intervention is needed, then the crisis counselor will likely connect with a local mobile crisis team,” said Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, SAMHSA’s administrator, said earlier this month during a call with reporters.

“One of the goals is, wherever possible, to minimize unnecessary contact or connection with police departments when what a person needs is to connect with either a mobile crisis worker or anyone in the mental health and behavioral care system,” he added.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been operating since 2005 and is funded by SAMHSA.

In 2020, the The five leaders of the US Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to finalize 988 as the three-digit number Americans can call to connect to the existing network of trained lifeline counselors;

That year, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 became law, amending the Communications Act of 1934 to designate 988 as a “universal telephone number for the purposes of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system which operates through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. and through the Veterans Crisis Line and for other purposes.”

As 988 becomes an easier number to remember for mental health crises — similar to how people can call 911 for medical emergencies — there is growing concern among leading mental health and suicide prevention groups that 988 call centers may not be ready to handle an expected influx of calls.

The hotline received 3.6 million calls, chats and texts in 2021, and that number is expected to double in the first full year after switching to 988, according to SAMHSA.

Bob Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, told CNN that “a big concern is that demand may exceed capacity very quickly and these centers will be overwhelmed.”

“When that happens, then calls drop, wait times go up, and the people on the other end who are struggling don’t have the connection they need,” Gebbia said.

Since the FCC approved 988 in 2020, the federal government and Vibrant have been preparing to roll out the three-digit number nationwide, providing grants to states to support call centers and actively trying to hire more crisis counselors.

Those interested in learning more can visit the SAMHSA website.

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