Let’s face it. The last few years have been incredibly difficult. It’s taken a toll on everyone. We’ve all dealt with it in different ways. For some, sadly, it has been a bigger challenge and mental health has become a front page issue.
Many people are starting to talk about the need for mental health support more openly. While there have always been different types of support available, it hasn’t always been easily accessible. An 800 number has been available for a number of years, but in reality, if you are in crisis, are you going to remember an 800 number?
Just like we all know 911 for emergencies like fires and heart attacks, 988 is the new national number specifically for mental health emergencies. Beginning today, if you call 988, you will be routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
It is also important to know they have services those who are deaf or hard of hearing, so you will still be able to get help regardless of your limitation.
It is important to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Make the call.