In July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline transitioned to the 3-digit 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline. This transition has allowed more individuals in crisis and their loved ones to access vital crisis services, which is a critical component of a public health approach to suicide prevention. Continued efforts are needed to strengthen crisis response systems and create systems centered in equitable, just, inclusive and culturally-responsive practices.
This webinar will highlight the work that Vibrant Emotional Health, the administrator of 988, and communities are doing to reach individuals who have been historically underserved and embed equity into their efforts to improve local crisis response. Speakers from Behavioral Health Crisis Services of Volunteers of America will discuss Washington state’s work to launch a 988 crisis center to support Indigenous callers. Speakers will discuss how public health professionals can play a role in supporting the continued transformation of our nation’s suicide crisis response.
The webinar is exclusively for APHA members, sponsored by the ISC-SC Suicide Prevention Topical Group and the Mental Health (MH) Section.