Ken Zimmerman, S2i founder and co-director, says intersection between race, criminal justice, health inequities, and the pandemic has created an opportunity for social justice reform that we must realize or lose.
Psychologist Stephanie Woodard, senior advisor on behavioral health at Nevada DHHS, says the coronavirus pandemic's impact has been profound. However, the negatives have also come with increased compassion and mental health understanding among Nevadans and FEMA funding, allowing the state to strengthen its public health caring communities approach.
Dr. Matthew L. Goldman says what can transform 988 into a robust tool for advancing crisis systems is implementation, funding, coordination, clinical best practices, and research and evaluation. “Otherwise,” notes Dr. Goldman, “988 will be only a rebranding of 1-800-273-TALK, the number to the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”
Colleen Carr—director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the EDC—says the pandemic has resulted in a collective experience among Americans, which has fostered a vital culture shift in talking about mental health, substance use, and suicide. Suddenly, for the first time, many people are experiencing mental health
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