Quick help for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies is now only three digits away. Minnesotans can now call or text 988 to connect with a trained mental health counselor.

Dr. Dan Reidenberg Executive Director of Minnesota-based SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) says this new nationwide service is needed more now than ever before.

“We have a lot of people that are struggling,” Reidenberg says. “We know that when the economy takes a downturn when unemployment is a problem, when recessions and inflation happen we see suicide rates increase.”

988 went live on Saturday.

Minnesota News Network