9-8-8 Suicide Prevention Line Activated

A new mental health hotline is now active and available to individuals who are in distress.

It’s a three digit number: 9-8-8, designed to help people get assistance more quickly.

Individuals who are suicidal, depressed, having feelings of hopelessness, or experiencing other mental health issues can speak with a trained mental health counselor, or they can send a text to the 9-8-8 number and engage in a chat with someone.

The new, national system was organized at the state level.

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