988, the New Mental Health Number for Help in the US.

Good news for American’s mental health, they will henceforth have the number 988 to dial in an emergency. This will direct them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The idea came about from the increase in shootings and problems in the handling of weapons that has been taking place at the national level. Experts assure that this will allow immediate help to people and generate more data on mental health in the country.  

“They’re much less likely to seek help for mental health or medical problems for that matter. The stigma is still there.”

Dra. Ruddy Nydegger

Emma Quinn  | CBS6 ALBANY

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