988 is here today!

Today the National Suicide and Crisis hotline changes its number to 988 to make the system more accessible. One can text or call this number and be routed to a mental health counselor within 60-90 seconds. There is hope that this is the beginning of a bigger push for mental health care access, especially in Texas. Mental Health America ranked Texas last in the U.S. for access to such care in 2022. Each year, more people die by suicide in the U.S. than in car crashes. I am relieved and encouraged by this transition because it comes at a time when more people are experiencing mental health crises.