For far too long, people experiencing mental or suicidal crisis haven’t received the mental health care they deserve. Instead of receiving compassionate care, people in crisis frequently languish in ERs, interact with law enforcement and struggle with other inappropriate means of managing a crisis.

It doesn’t have to be this way. With 988, the new three-digit number for mental health, substance use and suicidal crises that will go live nationwide by July 2022 — we have an opportunity to #ReimagineCrisis.

As mentioned in the November edition of Heard in the Halls*, you are invited to join us virtually for REIMAGINE: A week of action to reimagine our national response to people in crisis, Nov. 16–18.

Click here for information on the week’s events and how you can take action to #ReimagineCrisis.

Note that 988 will not be available widely until July 2022. If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, please call the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “NAMI” to 741741.

*Heard in the Halls is NAMI NC”s Advocacy Newsletter that is sent to all NAMI NC Members. If you did not receive this e-newsletter, please email