988 Hotline Arrives for Mental Health
The FCC voted to designate 988 as the new suicide prevention hotline number. This came as a welcomed change for mental health, as the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255) is hard to remember and can be easily misdialed. The 988 hotline will be easier to remember and will help to connect those in need with the resources they need more quickly.
In this episode of the CareTalk podcast, John and David discuss the new 988 suicide prevention hotline and how it will make it easier for people to get the help they need.
- What is the 988 hotline?
- What happens when someone calls the suicide hotline?
- Why call the suicide hotline?
- What impact will the 988 hotline have on mental health and suicide?
- How is the suicide prevention hotline being funded?
- Is this 988 hotline a big deal or just incremental?
- The U.S. suicide rate
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