Safety is certainly a concept on many people’s minds as we continue to reopen our country in the wake of the global pandemic. This current transitionary period highlights how a crisis, at a minimum, discombobulates us and leaves us feeling out of sorts. Instead of feeling calm and collected during these times, we might be figuratively filling the car with toilet paper or denying the fact that there is a problem in the first place (maybe this analogy is just too literal). The point is that planning for safety doesn’t have to be a reactionary response or an afterthought.
Now, safety planning as it relates to suicide prevention and intervention isn’t the same as getting ready for a global pandemic like a doomsday-prepper, but it does entail the same basic principal: If we thoughtfully prepare and plan for a crisis, then the outcome can be improved and the intensity of the experience can be reduced.
IMPORTANT: T-mobile is the ONLY carrier that currently connects 988 to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network.
988 is not yet available to any other carrier’s customers. As the 988/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving all Kansas area codes, we commend T-Mobile/Sprint for quickly enabling 988 services to their customers.
If you aren’t a T-Mobile or Sprint customer, dialing 988 will result in a wrong number. If you use any other cell phone service or landline, please call 1-800-273-8255 or KSPHQ directly at 785-841-2345.