The Times podcast: The 411 on the 988 suicide hotline
Remember this number: 988. The new three-digit hotline is now the 911 equivalent for mental health emergencies. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And experts say the pandemic, racial violence and political unrest are behind an uptick in suicides across the country. That’s why last weekend’s launch of the nationwide mental health crisis hotline couldn’t come soon enough.
Today, as part of “For Your Mind,” Los Angeles Times’ new initiative exploring mental health from multiple angles, we talk about the hopes and challenges ahead for the 988 hotline. Will it help fundamentally change how the U.S. treats and considers mental health, or will it fail like so many efforts before it? Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: Jaclyn Cosgrove, assistant editor at the Los Angeles Times and manager of “For Your Mind”
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