July marks one year of 988 – the nationwide 3-digit number for people to contact for help during a mental health, substance use or suicide crisis. The 988 Lifeline has already helped countless people in our state connect to support. Over the past year, Pennsylvania has been able to provide 988 counselors at 13 crisis call centers around the state that can immediately provide phone-based support and connections to local resources. If needed, the counselors can activate a mobile mental health crisis team that will arrive on site; provide therapeutic interventions; and/or make referrals for outpatient services or transportation for further evaluation.
But there is more work to do, and our advocacy to reimagine our mental health crisis system will continue for years to come – until every person in our community gets the help they need and deserve in a crisis. If we want everyone in crisis to have someone to talk to, someone to respond and a safe place to go, we need to expand our mental health crisis response workforce, encourage Pennsylvania to invest in 988 and crisis services, and raise more awareness of 988.
You can also:
- Share Your Story with NAMI: Your stories power our advocacy. Share your experiences getting help in a crisis, or tell us about a time you or someone you care about contacted the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
- Learn More about 988 and an Effective Crisis Response System: The majority of people aren’t familiar with 988 or what response should be available for people in a mental health crisis. Visit nami.org/988 and reimaginecrisis.org to learn more.
- Contact NAMI Main Line PA if you are interested in helping with local 988 advocacy and outreach efforts.
As we look to the future, we must keep up the momentum to help more people in our community who need support during a mental health crisis.
NAMI Main Line Support Groups Meeting Next Week
Our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for adults living with mental illness on meets on Tuesday evenings. This group will have in-person meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and Zoom Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Please contact Sharona Dunoff at 610-246-6755 or Ed Kane at (484) 744-0860 for more information.
Our Parent Peer Support Group for parents with a middle school through young adult child meets weekly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are interested in joining this support group, please email Nancy.
For more information about our other support groups, please go to https://namimainlinepa.org/
Other Upcoming Events
The Pennsylvania Care Partnership is hosting “Back to School! What do we need to know?” on Tuesday, August 8, from noon – 1:30 p.m. This webinar is for all caregivers, including educators, families, guardians, foster parents, other people raising children, and those who support children of all ages from pre-school to high school graduation. Beth-Ann McConnell, a mom, a school social worker, and a lover of resources, will talk to participants about how to prepare themselves and their children for their coming school year with consideration for their future. Participants will walk away with resources to help you address your children’s educational, health, and emotional needs. The resources provided will be helpful to people in all areas of Pennsylvania. Click here for more information and to register.