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New 988 hotline is the 911 for mental health emergencies

Lindsey Tanner - AP medical writer

Quick help for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies will soon be as easy as 9-8-8.The United States’ first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline went live Saturday. It’s designed to be as easy to remember and use as 911, but instead of a dispatcher sending police, firefighters or paramedics, 988 will connect callers with trained mental health counselors.The federal . . .