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The new mental health hotline 9-8-8 is live in the US. People experiencing a mental health crisis can simply call or text the number for help.

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The new mental health hotline 9-8-8 is live in the US. People experiencing a mental health crisis can simply call or text the number for help.

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People in the U.S. experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help — calling or texting the numbers 9-8-8. Today, health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee joins Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber to talk about how the hotline works, the U.S. mental health system and what this alternative to 911 means for people in crisis.

Below are other hotlines and resources from our colleague Aneri Pattani at Kaiser Health News. The list is not comprehensive, and some resources may limit their services geographically.

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This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Rebecca Ramirez and fact-checked by Berly McCoy. The audio engineer was Josh Newell.





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