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Florida mother raises awareness for suicide and mental health crisis lifeline

Hunter Haskins was an all-around athlete, school pupil and adored son. But one year in the past, his mother, Kelly Haskins, received a name from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, telling her that her son had died by suicide.

“That’s when our world ended,” Kelly Haskins advised CBS News. The 18-year-old’s household noticed no warning indicators.

“He died right after failing a math test,” Kelly Haskins mentioned. “That broke out heart.”

Kelly Haskins believes the brand new nationwide 988 suicide and crisis lifeline might have saved Hunter Haskins’ life. Unlike the 10-digit hotline quantity, 988 is straightforward to recollect — the mental health equal of 911.

The newest information reveals that decision quantity, together with texts and chats, jumped 32% in September 2022 over the identical month final year, earlier than the 988 quantity was launched.

“We know Americans are hurting, and now they’re calling,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra advised CBS News.

Beccera mentioned the Biden administration has directed greater than $430 million to assist fund state applications. But, he famous, “the federal government does not operate it. It requires every state to own 988.”

Only 5 states — California, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and Virginia — have everlasting 988 funding, based on the National Alliance on Mental Health.

Kelly Haskins texted with a counselor to get a really feel for what an interplay is like.

“In the end, I was really happy with the conversation,” she mentioned.

Now, she is making an attempt to get a 988 sticker on the laptop computer of each highschool and school pupil.

“Just trying to do something positive. And trying to save a life,” she mentioned. “That’s my goal.”


If you or somebody you understand is in emotional misery or suicidal crisis, name the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For extra details about mental health care resources and help, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine may be reached Monday by Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or e mail [email protected].

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