Local officials react to three-digit number proposal for mental health emergencies

first_imgKeith Leahey, the executive director for the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, says this could be a positive step to stop suicide rates from increasing. The FCC says the new number would automatically direct callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – A new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission is designating “988” to be the national hotline for mental health crisis and suicide prevention. “Anytime that we can make it easier for folks to seek help during difficult times. It’s going to just increase individuals ability to get help,” said Leahey. “Not everyone is aware of the 1-800-273-TALK number. It’s maybe a difficult number for people to remember when they are in distress. So you know a number such as 988 you know is going to make an enormous difference.” “There’s still a lot of shame that’s attached to mental health conditions. It’s a hidden disability many times… We are seeing signs as well that we are really coming to be more accepting and open about talking about mental health conditions,” said Leahey. “There’s a huge need that’s out there for people to just connect and feel supported.” Leahy believes the number is not only easier to remember, but he says having an emergency number for mental health can also help reduce stigmas. The 988 number isn’t fully functional just yet. The next step is a comment period for how the FCC will implement the new number and deciding the time frame for when it will be in operation.last_img read more

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Tipp camogie boss insists “downtime” will benefit long term

first_imgAlthough he hasn’t managed to do it to the extent that he would have liked Brian Boyle believes it will pay dividends next summer.Tipp will play their first match in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship on June 10th.Their boss says ‘down-time’ is important for players competing at such a high level…last_img

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