We must act now to ensure that we scale up the response to the mental health crisis in the country.
The HELP Act will connect people in communities with the human-services and mental health resources they need while reducing the call and response burden on local and state law enforcement agencies.
Tell Congress to support the HELP Act and provide funding to strengthen 211 and 988 help lines and divert non-emergency, non-criminal calls from 911.
During the pandemic, local 211s are experiencing a 200-400% increase in call volume. 211 is a vital resource supporting over 95 percent of communities in the United States, and this expansion of coverage means that more people can get the help they need, particularly those with mental health illnesses and other disabilities.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we take a holistic approach to address the range of mental health challenges impacting Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We need a few pieces of information to connect you with your lawmakers. Fill out the form to the right to be connected and send a social media post. Personalized messages are especially effective. We encourage you to edit the message to add how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted you and your family or your community.
If you are in need of assistance, please call 211 or visit 211.org/ to be connected to support and programs in your community.