People in the United States experiencing mental health crises now have a new way to seek help by calling or texting the 9-8-8 number. Today, health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee joins Scientist-in-Residence Regina G. Barber to discuss how hotlines work, the U.S. mental health system, and what this alternative to 911 can do for people at risk. Talk about what it means.
Below are other hotlines and resources from Kaiser Health News colleague Aneri Pattani. The list is not exhaustive and services may be geographically restricted depending on resources.
The episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Rebecca Ramirez, and fact-checked by Berly McCoy. Audio engineer: Josh Newell.