Starting July 16, 2022, the first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline goes live. This hotline is designed to be easy to remember and by dialing 988, an individual in crisis will be connected to trained mental health counselors.
This is a free service. The program will be funded by the federal government which has provided over $280 million, not only for the hotline but to help states create systems that will do much more, including mobile mental health crisis teams that can be sent to people’s homes and emergency mental health centers.
The hotline is designed not only for individuals in crisis with thoughts of suicide but for all people in emotional distress.
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