September 13, 2022
The new 988 lifeline for behavioral and mental health crisis services reported a 45 percent increase in overall volume during its first full month, according to new data from the federal government.
Launched during July, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline connects people to counselors who are trained in helping people experiencing mental health-related distress. Public health officials say the easy-to-remember dialing code will be an important national resource for behavioral health.
“Our nation’s transition to 988 moves us closer to better serving the crisis care needs of people across America,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community are dedicated to supporting behavioral health in our communities. Learn more about our advocacy to ensure all Pennsylvanians can access behavioral health services when and where they need it.
Learn more about the new 988 lifeline. Additional federal data about the launch of the program is available online.
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