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New Crisis Line '988' Simplifies Mental Health Outreach

More than 1 in 5 adults struggle with their mental health. 

 

That’s according to Project Director for Memorial Health Cassie Delaney. She says that’s what the 988 Suicide and Crisis Prevention Line is for. 

988 replaced the old 800-273-TALK crisis line in July. 

 

Regional Director for the project Emily Legner says 988 is for you to call if you feel a friend, loved one, or even yourself are struggling to get the help they need. 

Delaney adds that 988 call screeners handle all sorts of mental health issues. They are there to direct you to the proper channels. 

 

988 includes help for substance abuse disorders. 

The hot-line is not a substitute for an emergency call. That’s still 911’s area of expertise. Yet, Legner says that there is not a wrong call you can place to 988. 

Again, that number to dial is 988, and you can call it for any support services you may need direction to. 

 

Legner and Delaney appeared as guests on the WTIM Morning Show.    

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