Hundreds Of Counselors Train For Launch Of 988, New Health Crisis Hotline
LAist / July 4, 2022
Mental health nonprofits across the state have been training hundreds of counselors in anticipation of a new national number that launches this month for people who are having mental health crises.
The Federal Communications Commission picked the number 988, which launches July 16, to automatically feed into the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-TALK, a 10-digit number that can be hard to remember.
Shari Sinwelski, vice president of crisis care for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, which collaborates with nonprofits in suicide prevention, said that her team is expecting two to three-fold the volume of calls, chats and texts they already get because of the development.
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