Calls to Maryland’s crisis hotline have increased 38% since the number was shortened last year from 10 digits to the easier-to-remember 988. States were required to adopt the three-digit suicide and crisis lifeline last July in an effort to make it easier for people nationwide to access lifesaving help and services. Across the country, people can call or text the hotline and be connected with a mental health counselor in their area, who will listen, provide emotional support and, if needed, share resources for longer-term help.
Calls to Maryland’s suicide and crisis hotline up since switch to 988 a year ago
July 27, 2023