988 Mental Health Hotline Is Live; NC Officials Say State Is Ready

The universal mental health crisis hotline, 988, went live across the nation this past weekend. The idea behind the shift from the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to the three-digit mental health crisis number is that it’s easy to remember – like the easy-to-remember 911 – and will be the same everywhere.

The idea is to put people who call 988 in touch with a trained crisis counselor, who in many cases can help de-escalate the situation over the phone or direct the caller to additional mental health support. If the caller is still in need of immediate help, a mobile crisis team of mental health professionals will respond, North Carolina health officials have explained.

Read more from NC Health News: https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/07/18/988-mental-health-hotline-goes-live-north-carolina-is-ready-officials-say/

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