✔️ Hope Has a New Number: 9-8-8 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year joint effort to put crisis care more in reach for people in need. As of July 16, 2022, people can now use a new, easy to remember, three-digit code (988) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The change from a 10-digit code to 9-8-8 will provide easy access to crisis services for people with mental health and substance use issues and help reduce the stigma surrounding these conditions. The new 9-8-8 number is considered the 9-1-1 of mental health and substance use issues.
9-8-8 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotion distress
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, 9-8-8 provides 24/7 connection to confidential support. There is Hope. Just call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. Check out the 988 Partner Toolkit, 988 Job Opportunities and 988 Resources.