Advocacy Alert: Spread the Word about 988 Crisis Response

June 24, 2021

via The National Response

With Americans reporting increased depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation amid the pandemic — and experiencing more risk factors for suicide (job loss, financial strain, social isolation, hopelessness, substance misuse) — now, more than ever, we need to get people help when and where they need it.

Approved by Congress in 2020, and set to go live nationwide by July 2022, 988 will serve as America’s first three-digit crisis number dedicated to mental health, and as an alternative to 911 for mental health-related crises.

But a number alone is not enough. It is vital that we act now to put in place a comprehensive, fully funded crisis response system that works for everyone, especially those disproportionately impacted, such as communities of color. Given the urgency of ensuring such infrastructure is in place ahead of the July 2022 launch, it is imperative that state and federal policymakers are equipped with the information they need to help make policy decisions that will support this groundbreaking new resource.

The National Response have developed a set of materials to help policymakers and advocates like you push forward to achieve success. Please share them widely to shine a spotlight on the urgent need to support 988.

A reminder that BHAP also has a way to find your representatives so you can contact them with your message.

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