988: The New Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

A new Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline is now available nationwide.

Calling or texting 988 will connect you directly with a trained, compassionate counselor who will listen, provide support, and connect you to the appropriate resources. This service is free, confidential, and available 24 hours/7 days a week.

Pressing “1” after dialing 988 will connect callers directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national network of more than 200 crisis centers supported by local and state resources. If local centers are busy, callers are redirected to a national backup center.

The previous National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) remains operational, but it is now even easier to get help by dialing the new three-digit number 988.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has described this new number as “the ‘911’ for suicide prevention and mental healthcare” and anticipates the increased ease of use will dramatically increase calls to the service.

The previous call line received 3.6 million calls, chats, and texts in 2021.

988 will also reduce the number of mental health crisis calls that go to 911, which often direct people to busy emergency rooms.

Suicide is a major public health concern. In 2020, the U.S. had one death by suicide every 11 minutes.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34, the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15-24, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44.

You are not alone and help is available.

For more information, please visit: 988lifeline.org.