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NEW 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Goes Live NOW

On July 16, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, will transition from its previous ten-digit phone number to the 988-dialing code.

988 is a 3-digit dialing code for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress — whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.

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People in crisis can call or text 988, or use the webchat available at

The goals for the Lifeline are to:
Provide immediate, confidential counseling to someone in distress.
De-escalate suicidal or distressed thoughts; and
Connect people with local resources, when appropriate.

The Lifeline is a network of 200+ independent crisis centers across the US and territories. These centers are staffed by trained crisis counselors who are supervised during every shift by a licensed mental-health professional. They adhere to evidence-based protocols to de-escalate feelings of crisis. There are also national back-up centers, Spanish language centers, and centers answering chats and texts.


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