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April 28, 2021
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988: The New Emergency Number for Suicide Prevention

Suicide is, unfortunately, a topic that affects virtually everyone. Whether it is you, a family member, a friend, or an old classmate – suicide has probably had an impact on you or the lives of people around you. Congress has now adopted a universal, three-digit number, 988, to reach the Suicide Prevention Hotline and increase access to free support when facing suicidal thoughts. The number should become active in 2022. According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, amounting for an estimated 1.38 million suicide attempts and over 47,500 deaths in 2019. The Action Alliance has shared that upwards of 40% of adults Americans (June 2020) feel they have suffered mentally due to the pandemic, 31% of which saying that they have experienced anxiety or depression and 10% seriously considering suicide. Another poll finds that over 80% of U.S. adults feel that suicide prevention is a priority and 73% have become more cognizant of their mental health.

What Is 988?

The federal movement for a universal, easy to remember phone number to the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline is an effort to provide easier access to help for those that might not have other means. The three-digit number replaces the previous eleven-digit number and allows individuals to quickly reach suicide prevention professionals, in the hope that we can reduce the incidence of suicide. The caller will then be redirected locally and given the help and support they need.

DH Mental Health Center’s Commitment to Quality

Our Mental Health Center is committed to quality and efficient care for every individual who walks through our door. Our goal is to provide customized care to our patients that best address and treat their mental health condition, leading them to live a happier and healthier life. If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health issues, contact us today. We can assist you in your journey and encourage healthy life practices in our patient-centered environment. Of course, should someone you know, or love be contemplating suicide, seek emergency care right way.
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