New National 988 Mental Health
Crisis Number is Going Live!
Beginning July 16th, any individual suffering from a mental health crisis or emotional distress can call, text, or chat the number 988. This number has been designated as the new universal dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Once connected, a trained mental health professional will provide therapeutic support and connect the individual to local community resources if necessary.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has been a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis since its launch in 2005. The Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to individuals suffering from a mental health crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For additional information about the Lifeline, please visit their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or contact them at their current number at 800-273-TALK(8255).