Podcast: 411 on Suicide Hotline 988

Remember this number: 988. The new three-digit hotline is now the equivalent of 911 for mental health emergencies. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in the US. according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And experts say the pandemic, racial violence and political unrest are behind the spike in suicides across the country. That’s why the launch of a nationwide mental health hotline last weekend couldn’t happen fast enough.

Today, within theFor your mind”, a new Los Angeles Times initiative dedicated to exploring mental health from different perspectives, we talk about the hopes and challenges that await the 988 hotline. Will this help fundamentally change the way the US views and treats mental health, or will it fail like so many previous attempts? Read the full transcript here.

Master: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: Jacqueline Cosgrove, associate editor of the Los Angeles Times and manager of For Your Mind.

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