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Someone who can help. Lenny Bernstein is covering it for The Washington Post and spoke with Taylor van zeiss. Lenny, this has been in the works for a long time now, what happens on Saturday if a person in or adjacent to crisis calls or even texts 9 8 8. Right. The FCC mandated this two years ago and it's taken a lot of preparation and they're finally ready to bring it out on Saturday. Basically the only thing that really changes for the user is instead of dialing 802 7 three talk, you're going to have a simple 9 8 8. That's what you would do if you were in a mental health crisis. Someone you know was in the mental health crisis, it's just a lot simpler and a lot easier. Imagine if you needed an ambulance or a police officer. And you had to dial a ten digit number instead of 9-1-1. It's the same idea. They want you just to have that easy access. And how busy has the national suicide prevention lifeline been in recent years. And what is the expected impact of the 9 8 8 switchover? So it has been busy. There are some places that can not handle the demand. And there are 14 backup centers around the country that those calls roll over to. There was a good story in The Wall Street Journal that calculated that one out of 6 people hang up without ever even reaching anybody. So I believe it's been 3.6 million in the last year. They are expecting that to more than double. Is there funding to ensure long-term success of the 9 8 8 program? There is funding. I'm not sure we should say yet that it's going to ensure the long-term success. The federal government through SAMHSA has put about 280 million in Congress allocated another 150 million, but what everybody says is that we need so much more spending in the field of mental health. We need mobile crisis teams. We need places where you can take people who are having a crisis that isn't a jail or an emergency room that there is going to need to be a lot more spending in this area in general. And then as I mentioned, there are those places that yet can't keep up with the demand and those states are going to have to pony up money to get those crisis centers up to where they need to be. And that leads into my final question as far as a consistent standard of care across the country because if a caller dials into 9 8 8 or gives a text, say, from the Seattle area, are they going to be able to access the same resources as someone in Chicago or Dallas or New York? At the moment, I would say the answer is no. If you call in in one of the places like Tucson, Arizona that is beautifully staffed and the person on the phone can't resolve your crisis, they will send someone to your door. If the person who comes to your door can't resolve your crisis, they will take you to a special mental health center. That does not exist in a lot of places around this country. The person on the phone, very often can resolve the crisis, particularly if it's suicide, there's a threat and they need to separate you from something that will do you harm or you need to separate talk you through a crisis. That happens most of the time. If you need follow-up care, that's where it gets to be very different depending on where you live. You can read much more online at Washington Post dot com. Remember the old number for the national suicide prevention lifeline that still operating today 802 7 three 8 two 5 5. It's going to remain active indefinitely 9 8 8 launches Saturday. Lenny Bernstein with us on northwest news radio Lenny, thank you. That's Taylor van seiss. Your stock charts dot com money update on northwest news radio. Stocks posted broad and sharp games today with investors buoyed by news of stronger than expected June retail sales and some positive earnings. The Dow Jones industrials rallied 658 points, the S&P 500 rows 72, and the NASDAQ composite moved up 201. Benefiting from rising interest rates and strong trading results, Citigroup this morning reported second quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations. The bank posted a profit of more than four and a half $1 billion on revenue that rose 11% from a year ago. Investors cheered the results as city shares soared 13%. That's your money now. In less than two months, four people have drowned in Chilean county, and many others have been rescued from lakes and rivers where the water is cold and running fast. Carlene Johnson has a warning from the sheriff's office. If you've been to leavenworth and perhaps floated the Wenatchee river, you know how fun it can be. You're gonna hit The Rock. Yeah, it's getting but right now the river is colder and higher than typical for this time of year. We're really encouraging people, even if they're good swimmers to always wear a life jacket when you're on the water with these cold temps and fast moving waters, you can cramp up quickly and not be able to make it to shore. Rich Magnus said, with shalan county emergency management, says this week's drowning of a 46 year old Tacoma woman in leavenworth is the fourth already since the end of May. Right now we're experiencing real hot temperatures over here and so a lot of people are recreating on or near the water. We've had some Sunday 5 water rescues and unfortunately one of them ended up in the death. Magnus says, even those who think they are good swimmers, especially on the river, should always wear a life jacket, carlene Johnson, northwest news radio. For what it's worth, I'm Brian Clark, disheartening news for younger adults who like to drink, moderately, a large global study finding even that carries health risks. I found that moderate alcohol consumption, which in this study was defined as approximately two drinks per day, which is relatively the maximum that we recommend from the CDC, was associated to an increased risk of harm for those under the age of 40 compared to older age groups. But ABC medical contributor doctor Darien Sutton offers this caveat when looking at younger age groups, there

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