New Maine and Nationwide Mental Health Number You Should Know About

We hear a lot more about mental health than 5 or 10 years ago.

Bad things happen and mental health is discussed. And that’s probably a good thing.

So is it. A new national mental health hotline comes into effect tomorrow.

The new number is 988. It starts working on Saturday 16e in Maine and across the country.

Emotional distress. Mental health crisis. Suicidal thoughts. Dial 988 and you will be connected to a trained crisis clinician.

Maine already has a 1-800 number for mental health issues, but this new number, 988, will be easy to remember and can be used locally anywhere in the country.

The use of 988 should also lead to a reduction in the number of 911 calls related to mental health.

I don’t know who said it first, but it still rings true. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. And the plans for this new national mental health helpline are that professionals will be there to talk to callers through their crisis and connect them with available mental health resources.

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health

Hannah Longley, director of community programs for the Maine National Mental Health Alliance, told the Maine Public

Studies have shown that one in four Maine residents struggles with mental health issues. So an easy to remember 3 digit number that one could use if they are traveling too seems like a good start. 988. Know it and use it if you need to.

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