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It’s been over two years since the United States Congress passed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020, allowing

Workforce shortages in mental health and substance use disorder services and supports aren’t new, says Jessica Wolf, Ph.D., principal of

Some people can take the worst of a situation and create what they need to help themselves get through it.

It was a surprise. When Barbara Stanley, Ph.D., and Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D.—along with their research team—developed a safety plan

In the days leading up to the start of high school in New Orleans, 14-year-old Kevin felt all the typical

Craig Miller says he’s grateful for 988, the newly launched nationwide three-digit number for mental health, substance use, and suicidal

On average, every Congress, 10,000 bills are introduced. Sarah Corcoran, vice president of government relations at Guide Consulting Services, notes

As the launch date of 988 quickly approached, the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) staff

Fay Belham, aged 53, has experienced periods of depression throughout her life and plummeted into a severe postnatal depression after

In the 1930s, pediatrician and toxicologist Jay Arena began collecting data on poisoning cases and discovered that the lead cause

Child and adolescent mental health providers and families are hopeful that 988 will help shift the crisis response for young

When Congress amended the Communications Act of 1934, designating 988 as the nationwide three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention

Eight years ago, Shana Palmieri ​​worked at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. The hospital’s emergency room was experiencing

Developing statewide youth mobile crisis intervention services has been an iterative process, says Tim Marshall, director of Community Mental Health

When Steve Miccio’s family took him to a hospital in Dutchess County, New York, he was experiencing his first manic

Long before the Covid pandemic, which thrust students across the United States into virtual classrooms, the internet was an issue

In October, the Pew Charitable Trusts released an issue brief highlighting that most 911 call centers lack the resources to

There’s not much about Covid-19 that any country would consider favorable. However, for England, the pandemic resulted in the acceleration

Alaska comprises diverse regions, not just geographically but also in terms of culture, access, and population. Dr. Xiomara Owens says

In 2019, Ron Bruno, a retired Utah police officer and executive director at Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International, told #CrisisTalk

Nationwide, cities and counties are developing 911 call matrixes to triage behavioral health calls. Austin, Harris County, Los Angeles County,

“Working together, we can build a mental health and suicide prevention system that is genuinely joined up, properly resourced and

Across state agencies, people speak different languages. It can be a hindrance to cross-sectoral collaboration between Medicaid and offices of

There’s a fundamental truth that’s often left out of behavioral healthcare—that when a person meets with a psychiatric care provider,

The Covid pandemic has highlighted long-standing unmet needs in home and community-based services for substance use and mental health challenges

With 988—the nationwide three-digit number for mental health, substance use, and suicide crisis—going “live” on July 16, Kana Enomoto says

As the Covid variant Omicron surged across the United States, people in hard-hit communities were flooding nearby emergency rooms—some because

In Los Angeles County, calls that come into 911 or even its non-emergency business lines are, by default, considered higher

Steve Hamerdinger says living as a deaf person is an ongoing, exhausting battle for respect and to be understood. When

Ebony Chambers worked in mental health for years before her daughter experienced her first suicide attempt, and suddenly the entire

With 988 going “live” on July 16, there's been much discussion on capacity and funding. Behavioral health leaders have pointed

Michele LeCloux believes 988 has the potential to decrease the stigma associated with mental health. “I’m excited for 988 and

In January 2020, a point-in-time count in the United States revealed homelessness continues to be a public health emergency. There

Over the past two decades, Dr. Madelyn Gould has evaluated the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, studying whether the crisis

When Paul Galdys sat down to write the National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care, there was a clear, simple

There’s a fundamental change underway, where accessible, therapeutic, and community-based response to behavioral health crises is gaining recognition as a

As leaders examine solutions to workforce shortages in behavioral health, many are also thinking about how to do so in

There’s been much guesswork in determining the call volume 988 will experience, especially calls it could divert from 911. Americans

Psychiatrist Joe Parks, M.D., says most states have a behavioral health system that’s “underfunded and understaffed.” Dr. Parks is the

When Pierluigi Mancini and his family navigated the behavioral healthcare system in Atlanta in the ‘80s, they faced barriers. Not

Annie Murdock sits at her computer monitoring multiple conversations at the Kansas Suicide Prevention Head Quarters (KSPHQ). She notices a

Nearly a year before the Covid pandemic began, behavioral health crisis professionals became physically co-located at the Tucson Police Department’s

In anticipation of 988—the three-digit number for mental health, substance use, and suicidal crisis telecom companies must make live by

Imagine your first appointment as a psychiatrist is in a high-security prison mental health ward. As if that is not

Across the nation, the Covid emergency and increasing dialogue on police reform and racial justice have converged to propel the

The past 18 months have been challenging for kids. They’ve navigated months to a year or more of virtual learning,

In the summer of 2020, Los Angeles—like the rest of the United States—was knee-deep in the Covid pandemic. Amid the

As communities explore ways to divert behavioral health and quality of life crises from law enforcement, they’re also asking when

Whether they wanted it or not, the Covid pandemic and corresponding physical distancing requirements thrust behavioral healthcare providers into telehealth.

It took just two short weeks for the team at Oxford Health NHS Trust Foundation to set up a dedicated

Washington State is creating a 988 tribal behavioral health and suicide prevention line, which includes $1 million in funding to

Emergency medical services in the United States have been shaped by the pioneering 1960s-‘70s Freedom House, a professional Black-run ambulance

In Maryland, the Health Services Cost Review Commission, an independent state agency, plays a vital role in health reform innovation

The American Rescue Plan Act, commonly called the Covid-19 stimulus package or by its acronym, ARPA, is giving states an

In Northeast Oklahoma, there are nearly 6,000 “mental health machine” iPads in circulation. With just the press of a button,

Nationwide, kids in psychiatric crisis often bounce in and out of hospitalization. “Many times, it’s not the appropriate course of

In 2013, Grady EMS in Atlanta, Georgia, launched a pilot to provide 911 callers experiencing mental health challenges an alternative

With a state license number that reads #0000001, the Bridge Center for Hope, a campus of connection for behavioral health

In the City of Austin, when a person dials 911, the call taker asks, “Are you calling for police, fire,

It’s November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. A man at a park dials 911 and tells call taker Constance Hollinger,

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, we’ve heard mental health experts frequently discuss their concerns over isolation and the

In March 2020, Cooper Yacks, an eighth-grader at The County School in Maryland, was excited for his first day of

On March 18, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 1302 into law, which designates a 988 call center and

Like many communities across the nation, Fulton County in Georgia is working to build a public safety infrastructure that links

On March 4, Utah’s legislature passed its 988 Mental Health Crisis Assistance bill. A week later, Gov. Spencer Cox signed it

On February 13, 2013, Bill O’Quin couldn’t find his 41-year-old son, David. He’d sometimes disappear for a day or two,

Mobile crisis services are increasingly in the limelight. Since the onset of the Covid pandemic, telehealth and mobile crisis teams

“Choice is important and crisis care systems need to make the full gamut of services available. Choice means having a

It’s April 2020–the early days of the Covid pandemic and the height of lockdown in Georgia. A teen who is

Handcuffed in the back of a police car after being pepper-sprayed, a nine-year-old in Rochester, New York, is sitting hunched

Washington was the first state to propose implementation legislation for 988, the three-digit number for behavioral health emergencies that must

Too often, mental health crisis care is a blue light issue…. “Get in; sort it out; it’s done and then go.”   COVID-19

As the Covid pandemic continues to ravage nations and we see spikes in behavioral health needs worldwide, it would be

States across the nation are scrambling to develop or strengthen their crisis care systems before 988—the nationwide three-digit number for

For the first time, federal funding will go to all 50 states to support development of mental health crisis systems.

Amid the global pandemic, Nikki Highsmith Vernick and Glenn E. Schneider of the Horizon Foundation, a health philanthropy in Howard

In March, as communities shut down, Robert Roca, M.D., and his wife brought home his 96-year-old mother-in-law from an assisted

Mental health experts worldwide share a common frustration—the dearth of real-time data, they say, is a vital hindrance to developing

16-year-old Reina Chiang is the founder of u matter apparel, a Maryland nonprofit that creates welcome packages for teens in

Behavioral health crisis services leadership and staff are getting the coronavirus vaccine around the United States, encouraging their colleagues and

“The price paid is not just in elevated healthcare spend on mental health crisis care but also in terms of

When Lisa St. George was an 18-year-old in Lansing, Michigan, she mustered the courage to tell her psychiatrist she felt

Victor Armstrong, MSW, says, as it exists now, the behavioral health system is inherently flawed for African Americans, pointing out

Psychologist Stephanie Woodard, senior advisor on behavioral health at Nevada DHHS, says the coronavirus pandemic’s universality has been profound. “Whether

Matthew L. Goldman, M.D., M.S., medical director of Comprehensive Crisis Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, says

Psychiatrist Rochelle Head-Dunham, M.D., executive and medical director for the Metropolitan Human Services District in New Orleans, says we’ve reached

CW Tillman has a 1 ½ inch semicolon tattooed on his wrist. Unless he wears a long sleeve shirt, it’s

Kevin Huckshorn, Ph.D. MSN, RN, CADC, was vacationing on Sanibel Island in 1992 when she received a call from her

As helicopters hover above her to put out a nearby fire, Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, of the Center for Applied Research

Three years ago, Angela Kimball, the national director of advocacy and public policy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness

It started with an open letter in 2015 from Sheree Lowe, vice-president of behavioral health for the California Hospital Association:   “California,

Colleen Carr, MPH, is the director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the Education Development Center. Even

Rachel Bowes is the head of crisis services and quality at Lifeline Australia (Call: 13 11 14, Chat, Text: 0477

As the pandemic tumbles along month after month, carelessly going this way and that, hunkering down wherever given an opportunity,

We interviewed Dr. Robert E. Drake, co-developer of the supported employment model Individual Placement and Support (IPS), before COVID-19 hit,

Last week, Crisis Now partners and leaders from around the world released the Washington DC International Declaration, which calls for

Wendy Linebrink-Allison, MSW, MBA, program manager of the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, has been in recovery for over

It is only eight short years since I was appointed to lead the national peak organisation in Australia, Suicide Prevention

Slow and steady. That’s how Tia Dole, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Operations Officer at the Trevor Project, describes the increase of

On Thursday, the FCC voted to formally make 988 the nationwide number for mental health and suicide crisis, adopting rules

When people think of the FBI, they imagine what they see in films: tropes of action-packed espionage and FBI agents

During the COVID-19 pandemic, experts are highlighting the ongoing barriers to recovery and treatment people with substance use disorders face

There has been a great deal of speculation on what’s to come in mental health and what the suicide rate

Crisis Now co-founders Michael Hogan, Ph.D., and David Covington, LPC, MBA, have released a poignant infographic examining mental health and

In March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the United States shut down. When students would be allowed to

Victor Armstrong says racism and explicit and implicit biases is a layered problem that seeps into every crevice of society,

As many of us are physically and psychologically exhausted from COVID-19 and the anxiety that has come along with an

Conversations in communities across the nation, whether in jails or inpatient hospitalization, look something like this: “If we release arrestees

Earlier this month, HBO partnered with NAMI, releasing a celebrity-flush PSA sharing it’s okay “to talk about how COVID-19 is

In the early 1990s, New Hampshire was rated number one in the country for community mental health programs. Peggy Straw,

On December 31st, a cluster of people with pneumonia of unknown etiology were identified in Wuhan, China. By January 7th,

In early February, when #CrisisTalk spoke with Matthew Holtsclaw on the Renew seclusion and restraint (S&R) initiative he launched a

As communities struggle with COVID-19 and increasingly respond to emergency rules, Major Sam Cochran (ret.), co-chair of CIT International’s Board

On Monday, Rolling Stone released an article that highlights what’s been on the minds of many of the nation’s mental

“The barrier of loneliness: the palpable, desperate need of the human animal to be with his fellow man. Up there

As emergency rules put social distancing measures in place in communities across the United States, doctors Aaron Kofman, M.D., and

On Friday, President Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus package into law, including $425 million toward behavioral healthcare. As reported

NowMattersNow.org is a critical resource as Americans, whose day-to-day lives have been disrupted, navigate the coronavirus pandemic crisis and the

Since the beginning of the mask discussion in the United States, the mixed messaging has been baffling. Or, more accurately,

Earlier this month, Dr. Atul Gawande posted a graphic from Johns Hopkins University that overlaid daily COVID-19 growth in Italy

It was December 2010, and Atlanta, Georgia was experiencing a once-in-a-hundred year ice storm that created chaos on the roadways

Trillium Health Resources, a local management entity (LME)-managed care organization (MCO) in North Carolina, is providing targeted 10-30% rate increases

On March 15th, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine filed emergency rules, providing complete coverage for mental health telehealth. During the coronavirus,

From a single, disposable mask in the middle of an empty street in San Francisco, practicing social distancing in public,

As a mother of two small children and close relation to people who might be in denial that they fit

Last week, Sue Ann Atkerson, LPC, MBA, CEO of Behavioral Health Link, testified before the United States House of Representatives

Dr. Barbara DiPietro, senior director of policy for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, says homelessness increases people's