INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – There is renewed interest in mental health in America after a spate of recent mass shootings. And soon there will be a new way to ask for help.
Beginning July 16, each state will roll out 988 as the new national suicide prevention lifeline number.
Starting this Saturday, each state will roll out 988 as the new national suicide prevention lifeline number. The hotline will provide around-the-clock confidential support from trained mental health professionals to respond to such emergencies.
There are, however, concerns that all states may be able to fund the change, properly staff call centers or have response teams on standby. In fact, a recent Rand report found that less than 16% of public health officials responsible for the upcoming transition said they had helped develop a budget to support 988 operations.
For its part, Indiana has put $55 million in grants to improve mental health services in Indiana. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says the funding will also help maintain the new hotline in the state.
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