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Legislators Must Fund Suicide Crisis Services



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To the Editor:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a volunteer and advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this month I am asking everyone to join us and demand #MoreForMentalHealth.

Suicide Prevention is an urgent topic. With mental health issues on the rise, people need more information on how and where to get help. This letter offers that seriously important information for people and their loved ones.

I am doing more by calling on my legislators at the federal and state levels to support legislation that will fund the implementation of 988 and the suicide and mental health crisis system across our nation, particularly for those in underserved communities.

Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 and de-escalates the crises of tens of thousands of callers each day. On July 16, those in distress and those that support them will be able to reach the Lifeline through a simple 3-digit number: 988.

By making the Lifeline more accessible through this shorter number, calls, texts, and chats to the Lifeline’s network of crisis call centers are expected to increase. It is vital that the federal government works with states to ensure callers in distress will have: 1) someone to call, 2) someone to come help, and 3) somewhere safe to go.

We must act NOW to secure funding to equip call centers and community crisis response services throughout the country with the staff and resources to respond to everyone in crisis.

Join me this month in urging our federal and state public officials to do #MoreForMentalHealth. You can start by visiting moreformentalhealth.org.

Together, we can help #StopSuicide.


Kathy Fagan


Editor's Note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 160 US call centers currently respond to well over two million calls a year according to the organization's latest annual report.

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  1. qstorm says:

    Can you please verify the ‘tens of thousands of callers per day’?

    1. nb.john.voket says:

      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 160 US call centers currently respond to well over two million calls a year. Page 5 –

      1. qstorm says:

        2020 2,400,000 calls = 6600 per day – not ‘tens of thousands each day’

        1. nb.john.voket says:

          Not disagreeing – clarifying directly from the source so the facts as you pointed out are on the record.

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