✔️ Hope Has a New Number: 9-8-8 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year joint effort to put crisis care more in reach for people in need. As of July 16, 2022, people can now use a new, easy to remember, three-digit code (988) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The change from a 10-digit code to 9-8-8 will provide easy access to crisis services for people with mental health and substance use issues and help reduce the stigma surrounding these conditions. The new 9-8-8 number is considered the 9-1-1 of mental health and substance use issues.
9-8-8 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotion distress
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, 9-8-8 provides 24/7 connection to confidential support. There is Hope. Just call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. Check out the 988 Partner Toolkit, 988 Job Opportunities and 988 Resources.
Mental Health Resources and Treatments Available for Veterans
Veterans face a number of challenges during and after military involvement. According to NIH, as many as 13.5% of veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan crises had PTSD. To help assure that veterans have access to the support and resources they need, Solara Mental Health has produced an article on the different types of therapy for veterans – https://solaramentalhealth.com/therapy-for-veterans/
National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has released a new report, National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care, which describes the urgent need to improve crisis response services for children, youth, and families and provides guidance on how communities can address the existing gaps in care for youth. Read more.
Emergency Behavioral Health Trainings
There are many available trainings at Train PA. See the listing.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment in San Diego
Mental health and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand. According to NIH, 50% of people who experience a substance use disorder will also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. In other words, people struggling with substance abuse are likely to have a dual diagnosis. Pacific Palms Recovery has developed an article that describes dual diagnosis treatment, which, many times, is essential to the road of recovery. You can access the article at https://pacificpalmsrecovery.com/programs/dual-diagnosis/