New York state creates 9-8-8 mental health crisis & suicide prevention number

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Hochul signed the Brouk Bill for the 9-8-8 emergency line to be used alongside 9-1-1.

Federal guidelines mandate the 9-8-8 line to be put in by July of 2022, but this makes sure all of the appropriate measures are solidified.

People can call or text 9-8-8 when experiencing a mental health crisis and line operators will work along with 9-1-1 to make sure the person gets the correct help, regardless of what number they dial.

"This legislation ensures that people in need of support can call or text 9-8-8 to reach crisis hotline centers staffed by trained counselors," said Senator Samra Brouk.

This comes in response to the COVID pandemic, which has had an effect on the mental health of people across the state.