While Natick provides local resources to support those in need of help, this week it is promoting the newly launched national 988 suicide and crisis lifeline.
The round-the-clock, three-digit dialing code for those experiencing distress will operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255), which still works. People can use 988 to call, text, or chat in confidence with a trained crisis counselor. Calls made in Massachusetts are distributed to one of five regional centers based on the caller’s area code. Translation services are available for dozens of languages.
While most calls don’t require emergency services, counselors are trained to connect with 911 when appropriate.
Natick offers services for those in crisis regardless of age. Efforts such as the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey have shined a light on concerning data about suicide attempts by young people (the 2021 survey of nearly 23,000 high school students showed an increase to nearly 5% of respondents from about 4% the year before).
- Natick is addressing the mental health crisis on numerous fronts, including through the Natick 180, which focuses on addiction education, prevention, and recovery.
- MetroWest Medical Center’s Leonard Morse Hospital on Union Street now focuses on mental health.
- Come this fall, you can take part in the MetroWest Out of the Darkness Community Walk. The Oct. 2 event starts at 10am at Natick Common.