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Phone in hand Many of those working in the mental health industry hope the new number will also drive awareness of mental health issues and make Americans more comfortable talking about it.

Access to mental health services has been an ongoing issue for many Americans, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the need for such services. A new bill signed by President Trump aims to fix that by creating a three-digit number, akin to 911, for mental health emergencies: 988.

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Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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