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help to ensure all 988 callers can reach a counselor in their own state who


May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health, and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All. Right now, individuals in crisis are able to call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and those that care for them. Soon, it will be much easier to remember how to reach the Lifeline as the number will be changing to '988' nationwide by July 2022.

Knowing this, it is critically important that states pass legislation NOW to reliably fund 988 and their state's crisis response system, just as we fund 911 and emergency services – through small fees on our phone bills. Reliable funding will

is familiar with and can connect them with local resources. Culturally competent support and local connections can better help all callers through their crisis and in their recovery. As a crisis counselor and as a medical health professional I see and talk to many individuals who are suffering from suicidal thoughts, all they need is someone who can hear them out. Join me this month in urging your public officials to fund 988. We all play a role in changing the culture around mental health. Together, we can ensure #MentalHealth4All.

[ Editor’s Note: I have known more than a few folks in my lifetime who have battled mental illness, so I’m more than happy to help promote this effort.

This has been a rough year for everyone but the isolation

undoubtedly had an impact on those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder and other mental ill-nesses] *** Parents wake up to the indoctrination of their children through social media, television, schools, colleges and even some churches.

We can not accept what God condemns. Remember Satan is the great deceiver causing people to believer lies instead of truth just like he did Adam and Eve.

Is anyone concerned anymore about where we and our children and families are going to spend eternity?

gonna like this answer, but it would seem that the short answer to your question is… no. Fewer folks than ever are professed and practicing Christians in the U. S. with just 36% of Americans identifying themselves as Evangelical Christians in 2021, with just an additional 9% as some “ other” type of Christian. That’s well under half of the U. S. As a Christian, I do not have an easy answer for you as to how to reverse that trend. I will offer this quote, however, as a possible explanation, often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “ I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” You can make of that what you will]

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