New 988 National Hotline Provides 24/7 Support to People in Crisis
Launched on July 16, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) and is now active across the United States.
When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
The Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005. The counselors at these local crisis centers answer the contacts the Lifeline receives every day.
If you or someone you know needs help, 988 is available, as are many other resources within the district.
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