Regional Roundup: June 20th 2022

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Kim Hart steers her horse, Rex, for home after temperatures climbed to high fro the animal's health. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

Kim Hart steers her horse, Rex, for home after temperatures climbed to high fro the animal's health. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

Next month, people in the US will be able to dial a 988 mental health hotline, a move that advocates say will hopefully make it easier to get help. Social workers and counselors are already facing a staffing shortage. We’ll talk with Abby Grasso, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (“NAMI”) in Montgomery County, about the rollout and what’s needed to prepare for the expected influx of calls.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741-741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor.

As summer draws more tourists to Philadelphia’s historical sites, protesters have been back on the streets of Old City objecting to horse-drawn carriage attractions. We’ll talk with Carriage Horse Freedom director and founder Janet White and Nikhil Joshi, Pennsylvania state representative for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

We’ll also revisit our interview with former Penn neurosurgeon Dr. Fred Simeone, a world-renowned sports car collector and automotive museum founder who passed away last weekend at the age of 86. [rebroadcast]

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