The US mental health hotline network is expanding, but rural areas still face care shortages

The US mental health hotline network is expanding, but rural areas still face care shortages
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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 phone number, which launched July 16, was designed as a universal mental health support tool for callers at any time anywhere.

But the US is a patchwork of resources for crisis assistance, so what comes next isn’t universal. The level of support that 988 callers receive depends on their ZIP code.

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