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APM Presents: 988: A Call for Crisis Care

Thursday, September 1, 2022

The federal government has transitioned the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline into an easy-to-remember 3-digit number. 988 is a hotline for mental health emergencies like suicidal thoughts and life-threatening behavior—that anyone can dial or text for help. What actually happens when someone dials 988? What do people expect when they call to report a mental health crisis? And what does crisis response look like?