As of July 16, 2022 anyone in the United States can call or text 988 or use an online chat tool to access the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The name of the service will be changing to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Planning for 988 has been ongoing for nearly two years. However, many are just starting to hear about 988 and beginning to wonder how this will impact their work as it relates to the mental health crisis system response.
The Connection held two public Q & A sessions, on July 12 and July 18, to help mental health providers better understand how this change will impact their work as it relates to the mental health crisis system response.
Check out the following resources, including the PowerPoint slides, from those Q&A sessions: