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988 and What it means for Families of People with Serious Mental Illness

July 11, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT

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A SAMHSA-Sponsored Webinar

988*, the new three-digit number for mental health and suicidal crises, will be available nationwide by July 16, 2022. Once live, 988 is poised to change the way communities respond to people in crisis, connecting individuals to trained crisis counselors that can provide de-escalation and mental health intervention services by phone. This new number holds lots of promise, but what does this change mean for families of people with serious mental illness?

During this webinar, hear from experts about the national rollout of 988, and how families and people with serious mental illness are involved. Learn from advocates working in two different states about what is going right and where efforts are coming up against challenges. Finally, hear how your family can prepare to use 988 when it becomes available, with practical tips for crisis planning.

Following this 90-minute webinar, participants will be able to register for Part Two, taking place on Monday, July 18th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Part Two will be a 60-minute intimate dialogue with the presenters and a smaller number of registered webinar participants from Part One, who will be able to ask more detailed questions and engage with the presenters more comprehensively.

Learning objectives:
1) Know what is happening nationally with the rollout of 988 and how the peer and family perspective is being represented.
2) Learn from two-state examples of how the peer and family perspective is being brought into discussions
3) Learn how individuals and their families can incorporate 988 in planning a possible mental health crisis

*988 will not be available widely until July 16, 2022. If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat or text “HOME” to 741-741.

Stephanie Pasternak, Director of State Affairs for NAMI
Joy Hogge, Ph.D., Executive Director of Families As Allies
Chris Bouneff, Executive Director of the Oregon chapter of NAMI
Teri Brister, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer at NAMI


July 11, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
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