A Bit of Good News - Someone's on the line
July 19, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 27
Thank you for calling. We're here to help.
For the past year, people in the U.S. have had a new way to seek help: dialing 9-8-8 on a phone or text-messaging service connects them to the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Since then, nearly 5 million contacts have been made.
9-8-8 is so easy to remember!
Prior to its official launch, callers had to dial a 10-digit number to reach the hotline. Now, when folks are experiencing mental or emotional distress, 9-8-8 provides free and confidential support that's available 24/7, 365 days a year.
The mission behind 9-8-8 has also expanded to serve callers in need of help involving mental health and substance abuse. The lifeline offers assistance to LGBTQ+ youth and a connection to the Veterans Crisis Line. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the rollout of call, text and chat options in Spanish. In the works is a video-call option for deaf or hard-of-hearing American Sign Language users.
Best of all, the federal government has provided nearly $1 billion in funding to staff call centers in all 50 states, which means when help is needed, someone will be on the line.
"I want this to be as ubiquitous as 9-1-1, and for people to say, 'Oh, I'm struggling with my mental health, 9-8-8 is where I call," Hannah Wesolowski, chief advocacy officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, told ABC News. "For people to just know and for it to be commonplace and not something people even have to think about."
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Dory will never forget this day
The U.S. Coast Guard recently rescued a German Shepherd named Dory who had fallen off a cliff at Ecola State Park in Oregon.
Last month, Dory was walking with her owner when she plummeted 300 feet to an inaccessible part of Cannon Beach. He went to get help and within 90 minutes, a rescue team from the Coast Guard appeared:
The Guard’s rescue team lowered aviation survival technician 2nd class Clayton Maidow, 32, from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the Pacific Ocean. Maidow swam to the trapped and injured dog and placed her carefully in a rescue basket. The rest of the team then hoisted the pair up to the helicopter and flew back to dry land where Dory was reunited with her owner.
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Music to her ears
Like many tweens, Paisley Gardner of Des Moines is obsessed with one particular musical artist. But it's not Taylor Swift or Beyonce. It's 1970s soft rocker Michael McDonald. His music spoke to her and the 11-year-old just fell in love with his voice.
So you can imagine how surprised she was to discover McDonald was a 71-year-old grandfather. But that didn't shake her passion for his music. And recently, she had the opportunity to meet her idol.
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Sidenote: I also love McDonald. His song, "Sweet Freedom," always reminds me of warm, summer days and that great cop-buddy movie "Running Scared."
Fevzi is sleepy
AMOR LIBRORUM NOS UNIT
This Latin phrase means: "The love of books unites us." So, let's share:
What is your beach read this year?
Send an email and let me know. Be sure to include your name and general location. I may include your comments in a future issue.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
* Back-to-school sales
* Fresh notebooks, filled with clean pages
* Buying a package of your favorite pens/pencils and preparing to write
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." --John Lubbock
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thank you to KFF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ABC News, the U.S. Coast Guard, The Oregonian, YouTube, CBS Evening News, Instagram, Sarper Duman, Unsplash and Deposit Photos for inspiration, art and story suggestions.
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