SCVNews.com | Opinion/Commentary: Katheryn Barger | Hope is Here

Catherine BargerCatherine BargerHelp and hope are available anytime, anywhere. With the launch of a new nationwide suicide and life crisis line, anyone can call or text 9-8-8 and get immediate help, 24 hours a day.

Callers and texters will speak with trained counselors who will find the least invasive, most efficient and effective care plan for their crisis.

I am grateful that this hotline provides access to help to anyone who needs it, and also opens the door for our communities to have more honest conversations about mental health.

If you have questions about the life line, visit 988 Lifeline today.

If you want to amplify 9-8-8 with your network, you can also share my PSA on social media.

In addition to 9-8-8, you can still access resources to connect with local mental health services in Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health on their websiteby calling (800) 854-7771, or texting “LA” to 741741.

Remember you are not alone and help is out there waiting for you or a loved one.

Kathryn Barger serves residents of Los Angeles’ 5th Supervisory District, the district’s largest at 2,785 square miles, covering 20 cities and 83 unincorporated communities in the San Gabriel, San Fernando, Crescenta, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

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