Counseling Services, Mental Health

The national suicide prevention number has changed

By Catalina Duran-Ballen | September 21, 2022

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now called the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The new number nationwide, 988, began July 16 and you can call or text the number. 

People who are at-risk of a crisis are now getting the support they need through a shorter digit line to dial just like the idea of 911 which is quick, nationwide, and available 24/7. This did however affect some area codes that had to shift to 10-digit dialing in order to make it work. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that 988 provides life-saving services to all in need.

“The Lifeline responds 24/7 to calls, texts, and chats from anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health, and/or substance use crisis, and connects those in need with trained crisis counselors,” states the SAMHSA page. 

If you are worried about someone going through a difficult time, you can look at the different ways you might be able to help them and how to guide them to get the help they need at Samaritans.org.

Remember there are people to help, so reach out if you are going through something.

For more information, fcc.gov/988-suicide-and-crisis-lifeline.


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