Through hyper-personal and thoughtful storytelling, Scripps News' exclusive reporting exposes the important nuance in America’s mental health crisis, with a focus on how differently people typically experience issues based on demographics and geography.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Crisis Text Line
Text MHA to 741741 and you'll be connected to a Mental Health America trained Crisis Counselor.
Other hotline resources are available here. You can also find support groups through your local MHA affiliate who can assist.
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These are the stories of Americans from all walks of life and how they've overcome some of their darkest days. They are messages of struggle, but also hope.
Scripps News' mental health initiative, “America’s Breakdown: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis,” brings you deeply personal and thoughtfully told stories on the state of mental health care in the U.S.