Podcast: The 411 on the 988 suicide hotline

Remember this number: 988. The new three-digit hotline is now the 911 equivalent for mental health emergencies. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in the United States. And experts say the pandemic, racial violence and political unrest are responsible for a spike in suicides across the country. That’s why the launch of the nationwide mental health crisis hotline last weekend couldn’t come soon enough.

Today, as part of For Your Mind, the Los Angeles Times’ new initiative examining mental health from multiple angles, we share the hopes and challenges ahead of the 988 line. Will it help fundamentally change the way the US treats and views mental health, or will it fail like so many efforts before it? Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustave Arellano

Guests: Jaclyn Cosgrove, Associate Editor at The Los Angeles Times and Manager of “For Your Mind”

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Read more:

Op-Ed: Will the New 988 Hotline Be a Mental Health Game Changer or a Missed Opportunity?

The new 988 hotline is 911 for mental health emergencies

Editorial: For crisis response, press 988 – and pass legislation to keep it funded

https://www.latimes.com/podcasts/story/2022-07-22/podcast-the-411-on-the-new-988-suicide-hotline Podcast: The 411 on the 988 suicide hotline

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