National suicide prevention lifeline to get a new number in July this year

For nearly 20 years, endangered people were able to reach the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), but soon the numbers were combined with a simple 988 dial. Will be. The new shortcut, approved by Congress more than two years ago, will be implemented on July 16th and will be positioned as an alternative to 911 for mental health emergencies. Dr. Jonathan Goldfinger, CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, describes the history of the suicide prevention hotline and the potential for 988 to save even more lives.