One call can save a life. But when a person in a mental health crisis has to find a local phone number or a ten-digit Lifeline number, precious minutes—and even the resolve to get help—can be lost.
Nearly half of people in the U.S. report that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health, and calls to helplines and hotlines are surging.
Now, more than ever, we need an easy-to-access 3-digit emergency number (9-8-8) to help people in a mental health crisis.*
On May 13, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. 2661, The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act
, to establish 9-8-8 as a nationwide hotline for suicide prevention and mental health crises—making it easier for people in crisis to receive immediate and appropriate mental health support. We need you to urge your Representative to immediately pass this important bill in the House so it can become a reality.
As more and more people are calling mental health helplines and hotlines across the country, we can’t afford to wait. Urge your Representative to vote YES on this bill. Want to have more impact? Personalize the message to your Representative with your story about accessing crisis support. *If you or somebody you know is in mental health crisis, help is available now. Text “NAMI” to 741741 or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This bill will make the Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number an easy-to-remember 3 digits, but please note “9-8-8” is not currently available.
Thank you for your advocacy.
Senior Manager, Field Advocacy