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World Mental Health Day — California takes initiative in battling depression

Today is World Mental Health Day. And, California, a state with 10 percent of the U.S. population, just announced that it’s introducing the first toll-free statewide mental health line for non-emergency emotional support and referrals. What a wonderful way to kick off this occasion. This Peer-Run Warm Line is a reason to celebrate.

This California warm-line seems to dovetail nicely with some of the things this large state is already doing in relation to the suicide prevention hotlines they operate. It also seems to align well with the movement to create a three-digit national phone number (like 911) for people who are feeling suicidal or are going through any other mental health crisis.

 

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