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988: New Nationwide Crisis Lifeline

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis, addiction or mental health-related distress.

This summer, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline changed its phone number to 3 simple numbers, “988”. This number is nationwide and anyone who calls or texts “988” will be automatically connected to behavioral health professionals who are standing by to talk to individuals in crisis.

New Nationwide Number

988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number — it’s a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health related distress – whether thoughts of suicide, mental health, substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.

Provides Support

People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Important Step

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is an important step toward strengthening and transforming crisis care in this country. It serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.

Help for Veterans

For calls, pressing “1” after dialing 988 will connect you directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline which serves our nation’s Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them. For texts, continue to text the Veterans Crisis Lifeline short code: 838255.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat


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