Coming soon to 988: new number to call for people facing mental health crises
As the Healthy Boiler Program advocates, everyone deserves access to the support they need, when they need it – and that includes mental health support. That’s why, starting Saturday, July 16, anyone facing a mental health crisis can call 988 and connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (also called Lifeline).
The line will be staffed with crisis counselors who are trained to understand exactly how callers are feeling and connect them with resources specifically designed to help them respond in the moment they find themselves. This free and confidential resource was created to provide a connection to compassionate and accessible support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via an easy-to-remember three-digit number.
When someone is dealing with a mental health issue or living with a mental health issue, it is common to feel like no one understands. It can be hard for a caller to imagine that someone picking up the phone can truly understand how they feel, and even harder to imagine that healing is possible.
“It’s common to have concerns about mental health,” says Candace Shaffer, senior benefits manager at human resources. “And it’s important to make resources and support equally common and widespread, something Purdue has continued to focus on through the behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler program.” Adding 988 to resources already available – such as SupportLinc and LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry – arms the populace with another useful resource.
It’s never too early – or too late – to ask for help. According to Mental Health America, in the United States, the average time between the onset of symptoms of a mental health problem or condition and diagnosis is 11 years. The resources mentioned above and below are available and support the behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler program.
To note: 988 will not be available until Saturday (July 16). In the meantime, continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting MHA at 741741.
ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
To help teachers and staff
Visit the Mental Health Resources webpage for a variety of resources available to faculty and staff, including resources for all Purdue campuses, information about Purdue Health Plan coverage for mental health and addiction and behavioral health referral locations for West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Northwest campuses.
To help students
Faculty and staff who work with students or have a student at home can direct them to the resources below for behavioral health assistance. Note: LiveHealth Online Psychology and LiveHealth Online Psychiatry services are also available to Purdue students covered by a Purdue health plan. Mental health visits through LiveHealth Online are 100% covered under the Purdue student health plan.
Office of the Dean of Students
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)