March 16, 2023
Call volume to the nation’s new 988 crisis hotline continues to grow as Pennsylvania and other states look to improve their in-state answer rates to support people in distress.
A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) looks at the first six months of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and tracks the call volume, answer rates, and other performance metrics. The lifeline, which launched on July 16, 2022, provides an easy-to-remember resource for people needing assistance in crisis. The network includes more than 200 local and state funded crisis centers.
“Lifeline volume increased substantially following 988’s implementation and data reported after implementation suggests that, at the national level, 988 is keeping up with demand in terms of outreach volume, wait times, and answer rates, but there is state variation,” the report notes.
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP supports strategies to bolster Pennsylvania’s behavioral health care system and ensure care is available where and when it is needed.
The KFF report is available online.
Note: The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, help is available online or by texting or calling 988.
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