We Can #ReimagineCrisis
Every year, millions of mental health or suicidal crisis calls are made to 911 and local crisis lines. But unfortunately, when in-person help is needed, law enforcement — not a mental health professional — is often the only response available. It doesn’t have to be this way.
People in mental health or suicidal crisis deserve a compassionate and effective response. To #ReimagineCrisis, our response needs three main parts: 24/7 local crisis call centers, mobile crisis teams, and crisis stabilization options.
Coming Soon: 988
988, the new three-digit number for mental health and suicidal crises, will be available nationwide by July 16, 2022. Once it goes live, 988 will connect people to trained crisis counselors that can provide de-escalation and mental health intervention services by phone, and ideally coordinate connections to additional services and help in their community.
*988 will not be available widely until July 2022. If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/, or text “HOME” to 741-741.
Your story can help policymakers understand why we must act now to change our crisis response system.
“My son deserves the help, we deserve the help that we need to get him back to a productive person in society. He needs mental health care not a jail cell.” – Sonia from Georgia
REIMAGINE: A Week of Action to Reimagine Our National Response to People in Crisis
On November 16-18, 2021, we hosted REIMAGINE: A Week of Action to Reimagine Our National Response to People in Crisis, free virtual events to learn more about our current response to mental health and suicidal crises, how crisis response impacts different communities, how you can help #ReimagineCrisis — and how we can work together to build a better, more equitable crisis system.