A New Mental Health Crisis Phone Number: 988

In this interview with Dr. Holly Lucille, RN, ND, of RadioMD’s Mindful Medicine, Connections Health Solutions Clinical Solutions Chief Clinical Officer, Margie Balfour, M.D, Ph.D., expresses the significance of the 988 mental health crisis hotline.

Through this nationwide number, Americans undergoing mental health crises now have access to round the clock mental health services. Expanding upon the significance, Dr. Balfour recognizes the potential catalyzation of behavioral health crisis care aligned with the launch of the nationwide number as well as the reasons behind the initiation of the idea behind 988. Dr. Balfour also touches upon the importance of collaboration with police and community partners.