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What is 9-8-8? Anyone experiencing mental health-related distress whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis or any other kind of emotional distress will be able to quickly call the phone number nine a and be connected with compassionate accessible care and support 988 will be available statewide in both urban and rural communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year anywhere in the US 98 will be available for individuals of all ages including children, adolescents, and older adults, you will also be able to call 988 If you are worried about someone else who may be experiencing mental health-related distress whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis or any other kind of emotional distress when to dial 9-8-8 versus 9-1-1. If 9-8-8 Sounds much like 9-1-1 There's a reason Americans know they can call 911 to get help whenever there's an emergency like a fire or auto accident or a crime 9-8-8 was designed with the same ease of access in mind when someone is thinking of suicide struggling with substance use or experiencing a mental health crisis they can call 9-8-8 anytime day or night and be connected with free and confidential support crisis responders or other resources to meet their needs. Why is 988 needed across our country today too many Americans are experiencing a suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without receiving the support and care they need. calls for help are already at an all-time high as a result of stress and anxiety related to the pandemic in 2020. Alone, the US had one death by suicide about every 11 minutes. Additionally, from April 2020 to 2021 over 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses 988 will help end the stigma for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis who may be hesitant to reach out for care. The ultimate goal is to save lives from the tragedy of suicide and overdose. How does 988 work for each person who dials 9-8-8 In Georgia, the call will be routed through the state's crisis call center to a caring and trained professional if the state Call Center has high volume and cannot respond in under three minutes. The call will be transferred into the national suicide and crisis lifeline system which is supported by caring professionals from across the US if an urgent response is required as when immediate danger is present. The call center will coordinate with 9-1-1 to dispatch public safety responders for active rescue. If the individual requires urgent crisis assessment, then a mobile crisis team will be dispatched to the scene. This team will complete a behavioral health assessment to help determine the appropriate needs of the individual then we'll work to help the individual connect to those services. When an urgent response is not required. The caller will be connected with a trained counselor who can help address and respond to the caller's immediate needs and connect them to Care resources for ongoing needs. As an example An individual might call 988 Because they are experiencing emotional distress. The trained counselor will speak with the individual to assess how that distress is affecting the individual then provide a referral for outpatient treatment services. Everyone who dials 90 days will be connected to local Care Resources regardless of the colors health insurance status. It is just the beginning and the crisis system supporting it will take years to reach full capacity. Georgia will need many, many more psychologists, clinicians, social workers and nearly 500 More crisis beds to help 988 reach its full potential. Remember that the 9-1-1 system was launched in the 1960s and took 30 years to reach the majority of Americans a complete rollout of 9-8-8 will take some time to the making the number available is an important step forward to building a behavioral health system that's available for anyone when they need it, how they need it and where they need it. To learn more about 9-8-8 Visit

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