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    APA Foundation Blog

    Aug 23 2022

    9-8-8: State of the Lifeline

    For nearly two years, mental health specialists across America have been eagerly—perhaps nervously—anticipating the transition to a shorter, simpler suicide lifeline number.

    Jun 16 2022

    9-8-8: What Is Happening

    It is only four weeks until the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is launched on July 16, 2022. A survey of behavioral health directors showed they did not feel ready for this roll out. Clearly, the full implementation will continue beyond July 16.

    May 2 2022

    Active Shooter Drills: First, Do No Harm

    We attempt to keep children safe by sending them to schools, typically seen as a protected place in society. What happens when that expectation of safety is not met, and our smallest and most defenseless population is put in grave danger?

    Apr 19 2022

    9-8-8: What to Expect

    In October 2020, Congress passed the bipartisan National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which designated the three-digit phone number “9-8-8” as the easier-to-remember suicide lifeline. The idea is simple, but the implementation is not.

    Apr 8 2022

    Social and Emotional Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic Amongst School-Age Children

    Children have faced many pandemic-related hardships, including social isolation, school closures, increased screen time, stressed caregivers, financial difficulties, reduced access to health care, and loss of loved ones.

    Feb 17 2022

    Social Media: A Complicated Story

    The relationship between social media use and mental health is complicated and ever-changing. The strategies that social media sites use to engage us can affect people differently depending on if they struggle with mental health challenges or not.

    Feb 8 2022

    Innovative Mental Health Resources for Schools

    Stress and anxiety are at an all-time high with the pandemic and increased isolation. Schools are the perfect place to address students’ mental well-being while also increasing mental health knowledge and promoting help-seeking behavior.