988 Lifeline

New ‘988’ Crisis Line Connects Callers to Mental Health Support

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Pennsylvanians who call, text or chat by dialing 988 or visiting 988Lifeline.org are now directly connected to the same trained, compassionate crisis response counselors who were accessible through the former 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which has been rebranded as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Veterans Health

St. Luke’s, DMVA Partner to Improve Mental Health Care Access

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By the beginning of July, the Carbon County Office of Veterans Affairs will have an office on what had been the first floor of the emergency department at St. Luke’s Carbon Campus hospital in Lehighton. Rural Carbon County has the highest suicide rate among veterans in the state, according to data provided by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

First Responder PTSD

St. Luke’s Program Helps First Responders Deal with PTSD

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While first responders excel at preventing harm, they rarely seek help to combat the emotional toll their occupation can have on their own mental health. St. Luke’s University Health Network is addressing this issue by launching a program that provides support and therapy for first responders who suffer on-the-job post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related side effects.