Mental Health is health. That’s not just a phrase; it’s the truth. 988 is the new national hotline to connect you to a call center staffed 24/7 by crisis counselors trained to deescalate situations and, if necessary, direct callers to additional health support. North Carolina has been especially proactive with addressing mental health. Text 988 or start an online chat at 988lifeline.org and click “Get Help” on the top toolbar.