Heartland Signal: 'Tammy Baldwin delivers for mental health care and suicide prevention with “9-8-8” lifeline'
Wisconsin's Democratic Senator was instrumental in the creation of the "9-8-8" Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
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The new “9-8-8” Suicide and Crisis Lifeline official launched this past week. This national launch was a big deal, creating a brand new way for people experiencing a mental health crisis to access care in a simplified and streamlined, safe and confidential way.
This is an important step in addressing the mental health and suicide crisis in America, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin was instrumental in its creation. She introduced the bill to create the “9-8-8” line and has seen it through to its launch. She deserves praise for her work on such an important issue.
“This will save lives,” she said.
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ONE MORE THING: Later this month, Cactus Club in Milwaukee is hosting a concert, “Pictures of Me: An Evening in Tribute to the Music of Elliott Smith,” where proceeds will go towards Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee. The event is Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m. Find out more here.
Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The Daily Beast, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 13 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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