US mental health care needs to be strengthened beyond 988 hotline

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s new number is 988. It’s for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, substance use crisis, and/or suicidal thoughts. People can also call if they need to simply talk about what’s going on in their lives, or talk on behalf of someone else. A trained counselor will answer. Photo by Shutterstock.

Americans can now call or text 988 to access the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. But many mental health centers are still understaffed and struggling to keep up with callers.

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