By Megan Solensky
ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – The suicide prevention hotline is set to launch their new number Saturday. This easy to remember number allows for trained professionals to respond to mental health related calls.
All calls will be routed and answered locally to ensure that each counselor is knowledgeable and equipped to help with the necessary resources.
The goal of 988 is to break the stigma of mental health and encourage more people to reach out.
“When you reach out to this national line, the call gets routed to a local center that’s familiar with the resources in your area,” said OSU’s Associate Director of Stress and Trauma Arianna Galligher. “The respondent will have a list of resources and recommendations for the caller to get ongoing care.”