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This New '988' Crisis Hotline Should Make Mental Health Care Easier Than Ever

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By July 16, 2022, thanks to lobbying by groups such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Vibrant Emotional Health, access to a critically important mental health hotline will be easier than ever before when the 1-800-273-TALK (8255) telephone number is replaced or supplemented by a three-digit dialing code.

Those of us who have experienced mental health crises know that quick, confidential counseling can be incredibly important, especially if thoughts of suicide are involved.

It’s no surprise, given the year that we’ve had that the U.S. — and frankly, the rest of the world — is experiencing a collective mental health crisis.

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