988 National Suicide Prevention Hotline To Soon Go Live
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is unveiling a new national emergency number for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The new 988 emergency number, akin to 911, will redirect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is managed by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The number goes live on July 16, 2022. The new number is part of a broader strategy to address the crisis of suicide in the United States. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 10-34. The SAMHSA 988 FAQ page has important information for mental health partners including nonprofits that may publicly direct folks seeking help to this new number. Read more about how states are preparing.
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[00:00:00] This week on the nonprofit news summary, we have got interesting news coming out about a new national suicide prevention hotline, 9, 8, 8, and some other summary news touching on Qatar, baby formula, and a lot more Nick.
[00:00:16] It’s going good, George. We had our first real summer weekend here in the city. It was 90 and sunny.
[00:00:23] So we’re in a, summer’s almost here kind of mood, but also coming this summer is a new hotline for folks experiencing a mental health emergency. The us department of health and human services is unveiling a new national emergency number for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The new number will be 9, 8, 8, and justice like 9 1 1.
[00:00:52] It’s just those three numbers. And that 9, 8, 8 number will redirect to the national suicide prevention lifeline. That lifeline is managed by the substance abuse and mental health services administration. And the new number it goes live on July 16th, 2022. So this is happening within the next two months.
[00:01:14] And the number is part of a broader strategy to address the crisis of suicide in the United States. According to the substance abuse and mental health services administration suicide is the leading cause of death for Americans, age 10 through 34. We recommend that if you’re a non. That works in the mental health space or offer.
[00:01:34] Beneficiaries, any kind of mental health support, or even has documentation about what number to call. It’s important to note that the original national suicide prevention lifeline number will still work, but you may also want to take into account the new number that’s being rolled out for organizations that might have it listed on their website and within the newsletter.
[00:01:57] We’ve linked to the FAQ page that has some of the technical requirements, some of the branding requirements for this new rollout. But George, I think this is a really exciting move. It’s a prioritization by our government and its partners to protect mental health in the United States. And what’s been an extremely trying couple of years.
[00:02:18] This is a cool, innovative approach, and I’m here for it.
[00:02:20] It’s so interesting because technically the line already existed, but I can’t tell you it off the top of my head and actually in full disclosure, the national suicide prevention lifeline and the network was at former Holwell client. And with 9, 8, 8, we’re talking about
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