Pennsylvania receives $340,000 grant for launch of suicide hotline

Pennsylvania receives $340,000 grant for launch of suicide hotline

Vibrant Emotional Health, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and families achieve emotional wellbeing, recently awarded Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) a $340,000 grant.

Funding will be used for strategic planning and infrastructure development connected to the launch of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s new direct line in July 2022.

The direct line, 988, eventually will replace 1-800-273-TALK. Callers use this number to access crisis intervention services for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and anyone helping someone in crisis.

“Access to mental health and crisis support has never been more critical for Americans,” Kimberly Williams, Vibrant Emotional Health president and CEO, said. “Vibrant is committed to providing the states and territories with some of the resources they’ll need to plan for the implementation of 988 and to support their local crisis centers. By working together, we will increase access to care, reduce the stigma around mental health and, ultimately, save lives.”

In partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, the DHS’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will use the grant to support 13 crisis call centers statewide.

Vibrant administrators the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other crisis resources.

The lifeline is available via telephone, text, and web-based platforms and provides emotional support for people in distress.