You can call the 988 Helpline for emergency emotional support
CALL 988 is Here to Help!
CALL 988 in Baltimore City and Central Maryland, as part of the national 988 network, is the culmination of two years of planning to ensure that callers across the region are immediately connected to professional counselors who provide free, confidential, safe and supportive care.
If you or a loved one need immediate emotional support, call 988 and learn more about what to expect when you call here988helpline.org
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Elected officials, call responders and public health leaders help announce the 988 Helpline
"Call 988 represents hope for getting the help that you,
a loved one or a neighbor may need."
Crista Taylor, CEO and President, BHSB
Behavioral Health System Baltimore announced CALL 988 with Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, and our partners, advocates and community members at Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc., one of the three 988 call centers serving Central Maryland.
Elected officials, call center leaders, public health experts and BHSB staff shared more information on the regional 988 Helpline and what it means for the future of behavioral health emergency response in Baltimore City and around the region.
"We've received calls from people going through a divorce, calls from people experiencing loneliness who are experiencing depression, substance abuse issues and even economic worries. Our counselors are ready to connect people with the local resources and care they need."
Quinita Garrett, Call Center & System Coordination Director at Baltimore Crisis Response Inc.
For Samirah Abdul-Fattah, talking with and listening to community is crucial to ensuring equitable access to mental health resources - including 988. As GBRICS Community Engagement Coordinator, she spends her time working alongside diverse communities to ensure the future of crisis response reflects their needs and supports their mental health and wellness.
Read Samirah's full interviewto learn more about her work and hopes for 988.