Reaching out for help when in the darkest of times is now be a little bit easier.

I'm here to tell you, depression is real. Anxiety is real. It is 100% important to take care of our mental health. However, sometimes things pile up so high that it feels like there is no way out. I'm telling you this from a first hand experience. It's real and it affects more people than any of us could know.

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The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)  continues to make reaching out for help a little easier.

The center has officially launched their new 988 dialing code for those in need of help. Some folks may already be able to connect using this code, but it is now be available across the United States.

According to the 988 Lifeline website,

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

Despite the few changes that are being made, the resource will still be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also, the Lifeline number we have all known since 2005 will remain the same. That number is 1-800-273-8255.

A local television station did a great short segment on the 988 launch that offers a little more detail.

The Lifeline is also looking for both volunteers and paid employees with a want to make a difference. They offer training and preparation for anyone interested in helping.

If you or someone you know is suffering and in need to assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the 988 Hotline.

Please remember that it is okay to ask for help.

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