Two new services recently became available for persons struggling with mental health issues and in need of emotional support.
1. A statewide phone line called “The Florida Warm Line” is a peer-run service for any individual in search of making a connection with someone who has lived experience in mental health recovery. Whether you have begun your personal recovery journey or are in the process of deciding what that may look like for you, calling the Warm Line connects you with someone who will listen with the understanding and compassion only a Peer can provide. Warm Line operators utilize Intentional Peer Support and Trauma-Informed practices, along with their lived experience, to engage in mutually beneficial discussions and shared learning experiences. Callers will not be required to disclose any personal information that causes discomfort to share. Warm Lines are available in most states. Click Here for a directory by state. The Florida Warm Line number is 1-800-945-1355
2. “988” is the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. By calling or texting 988, you’ll connect with mental health professionals with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. There is an ongoing debate over law enforcement intervention and the 988 services. Click here to read more.
Note: Veterans can press “1” after dialing 988 to connect directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline which serves our nation’s Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them. For texts, Veterans should continue to text the Veterans Crisis Lifeline shortcode: 838255.