Every year, millions of mental health or suicidal crisis calls are made to 911 and other crisis lines. But unfortunately, when in-person help is needed, law enforcement–not a mental health professional–is often the only response available. As a result, people in crisis face avoidable trauma and tragedy.
People in crisis deserve better.
That’s why NAMI is hosting REIMAGINE: A Week of Action to Reimagine Our National Response to People in Crisis
Throughout the week, we will be asking policymakers to support mental health and suicidal crisis services. 988, a new three-digit number for mental health, substance use and suicidal crises, goes live nationwide in July 2022. While this easy-to-remember number is an important start, it will take federal and state action to create and fund crisis response systems in every community.