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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Posted on July 27, 2022


The number one priority for the legislature this past session was to address the mental and behavioral needs of our students and children. Students are experiencing increased depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal ideation now more than ever before, while at the same time our school districts are facing a critical shortage of mental health professionals. Families continue to struggle to find critical mental health services for their children.

One important measure the legislature passed this session included funding for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and National Maternal Mental Health Hotline.

More information about the line is provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, below.

Beginning July 16, 988 will become the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline will provide compassionate, accessible care and support via phone, text, or online chat to anyone experiencing mental health-related distress. You can use 988 if you have thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. You can also dial 988 if you are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Additionally, many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For some women, these emotions may stay for months. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s new National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides real-time emotional support, encouragement, information, and referrals. Pregnant and postpartum women can call or text 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to get the help and resources they need when they need it.