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NAMI Poll Finds Public Unaware of 988 Before July Launch but Supportive of Policies to Improve Crisis Response

More than 3 in 4 believe that improvement is needed in emergency response to a mental health or suicide crisis a?? both nationally and in their state or areaARLINGTON, Va., June 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- With only 30 days before 988, the new three-digit number for mental health and suicide crises, is available nationwide, a new poll from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) finds that people are still largely unaware that this potentially lifesaving resource is on its way. However, while 988 awareness among the public may be low, Americans overwhelmingly favor policies to help build a robust mental health crisis response system that supports people who dial the new number.
NAMI Poll Finds Public Unaware of 988 Before July Launch but Supportive of Policies to Improve Crisis Response
Building on data from NAMI's fall 2021 survey on the same topic, this NAMI-Ipsos poll helps highlight the continued need for widespread education about what 988 will and won't do when it is available on July 16. It also underscores public support for policies that shift from a largely law enforcement response to people in a mental health crisis toward building a system that ensures people in crisis receive a mental health response."When 988 is available next month, it will be a tremendous resource for people in crisis and their families. But 988 also provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the way our communities respond to mental health and suicide crises," said Daniel H. Gillison Jr., CEO of NAMI. "These findings further strengthen our resolve to raise visibility about the upcoming launch of 988 and advocate for meaningful change to ensure everyone in crisis gets the help they need a?? not handcuffs."
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