988 and MADFEST

We wanted to make sure everyone hears about the new number to call for those who are in a mental health crisis and events with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

Those seeking support during a mental health or emotional crisis may dial 988 to connect to a nationwide support network beginning tomorrow. The transition to a simplified three-digit number is meant to increase access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will operate similar to 911.

The move was facilitated by almost $300M in federal funding to both expand telephone infrastructure and increase call center staff. Via the network, trained counselors at more than 180 centers will be available over phone, text, or chat—users may call on behalf of themselves or others. The current 10-digit number has received more than 20 million calls since it was launched in 2005.

Suicide was one of the three leading causes of death in the US for those between 10 and 24 years of age in 2020 and claimed nearly 46,000 lives that year—almost double the number of homicides.

Mountain Artist Democracy EC has brought back MADFEST on July 30th 2022 at the Nitro Soccer Complex in Nitro from 10am to 10pm. The event is to help raise mental health awareness with sponsorship with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention WV.

They will have live music from bands all day long like Hurl Brickbat, Heavy Hitters, Sever The Wicked, The Switch, Pinky’s Brains, and the headliner 5 Star Rebellion. Guest Speakers Tinia Creamer of Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue and licensed professional counselor Reverend Rance Berry. There will also be art vendors and food trucks. Admission is free and is open

The AFSP WV is also having an online volunteer meeting Sunday if you want to learn about helping out.

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