Call 988 for mental health emergencies

Published July 14, 2022


A new national mental health crisis hotline, 988, launches Saturday, July 16.

In this video, Nebraska Medicine Psychiatric Emergency Services Manager Jen Sparrock explains why this new number is important to note, and what to expect when you call it.

Learn more about how 988 is being implemented in Nebraska

Psychiatric Emergency Services

One in every eight visits to an emergency department in the U.S. involves a patient with psychiatric or substance abuse use issues. Many of these patients wait hours or even days for transfer to inpatient psychiatric facilities. For this reason, Nebraska Medicine opened a new adult Psychiatric Emergency Services unit in 2021.

Learn more about PES