Other Views to Consider as the 988 Hotline Rolls Out

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988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has officially launched nationwide, as announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. DRW applauds the effort to increase access to mental health services. We appreciate 988 as part of a more effective response to people experiencing mental health crises. But 988 alone is not enough.

Some people with lived experience and others have raised questions about how the new system will work, including concerns about forced treatment and police involvement when engaging with this system. While 988 can be part of a response to urgent mental health needs, DRW will continue to advocate for a continuum of services that provide choice, supports self determination and increases investment in community based services.

See below for some different perspectives on 988. It’s important to hear a range of perspectives and consider all options when accessing services and treatment.