National suicide prevention hotline launched in Spain

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The Ministry of Health is preparing to launch a new suicide prevention hotline (024) in Spain in the coming months.

The Ministry of Health will soon launch the free hotline 024, which will provide help and support to anyone at risk of suicide. The line will operate nationwide and is anonymous, accessible and confidential. It was rolled out on December 20 last year and will be available in May, according to information published in the State Gazette on Thursday.

In 2020, around 3,941 people decided to end their lives, making it the year with the highest number of suicides in Spain since 1906. The launch of the new suicide prevention hotline is part of the Ministry of Health’s 2021-2024 action plan for mental health. and COVID, which aims to centralize support for people at risk of suicide and provide them with information so that they can access specialized help.

The government has indicated that the service will be available “three months after the publication of this announcement”, which means that it will start operating before May 10. The 024 hotline will be operated by professionals from different disciplines as well as experts. in people with suicidal tendencies.

The 024 hotline will be free, accessible to all citizens and set up on a permanent basis. The needs of users with hearing or speech impairments will also be taken into account so that they can also receive the service they need.

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