Health Plan of San Joaquin | Focus Your Health | Winter 2023

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there’s now a way to get help: Call, text or chat 988. Dialing 988 will reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) from anywhere in the U.S. The Lifeline connects people to trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is free and confidential. The Lifeline’s previous number, 800.273.8255, will continue to be available. And you can chat online at Call for yourself—or a friend Help lines connect you with a live, caring per- son. When you call 988, you’ll talk to a trained crisis counselor near your area code. Counselors will listen and ask questions. They won’t judge. Instead, they will offer advice and ways to keep you safe. They can also help you get immediate assistance if needed. The Lifeline is also for people who worry that a family member or friend is thinking about taking their own life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, family and friends are often the first to notice the signs that someone is thinking about suicide. Reach out If you are feeling depressed or thinking about taking your life, remember that you are not alone—and help is available. The Lifeline is available 24/7 at 988. You can also call 911 or visit a hospital emergency department. Help is on the line Suicide hotline 2 Focus Your Health Information in FOCUS YOUR HEALTH comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your health care provider. For more information about services available through your medical plan, consult your benefit booklet or call HPSJ. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2023 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.