988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

If you are in an overwhelming place right now or someone you know is struggling and in crisis, please:

Call a friend or family member, trusted medical professional or text Suicide Crisis Helpline (9-8-8) or chat 988lifeline.org.

You can also reach Crisis Text Line by texting MHA to 741741.
International (Suicide Stop) https://www.suicidestop.com/
Please call 911 if you are in immediate danger or need urgent care.

You can get support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY 1-800-487-4889 – Get help for mental and substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery. This is a free, 24-hour, confidential treatment referral and information service. (English & Spanish)

Call your Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) 1-800 number.

What Is 988?

The new 988 number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline went into effect on July 16, 2022. In July 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 988 as the new three-digit number for the Lifeline. The number has trained staff to answer calls from individuals at risk for suicide as well as those experiencing other mental health and substance use-related emergencies. Specialized services are available for veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other groups.

How It Works

Call: When you call 988, you will first hear a greeting message with the options to press 1 for the Veterans Crisis Line, 2 for Spanish, or stay on the line while your call is routed to your local Lifeline network crisis center. Then a trained crisis counselor will answer the phone, provide support, and share resources if needed.

Text: When you text 988, you will complete a short survey letting the crisis counselor know a little about your situation. You will be connected with a trained crisis counselor in a crisis center, who will answer the text, provide support, and share resources if needed.

Chat: Visit 988lifeline.org and find the chat button in the top right-hand corner of the screen. You will complete a short survey letting the crisis counselor know a little bit about your current situation. Then you’ll see a wait-time message while you are connected with a trained crisis counselor who will answer the chat, provide support, and share resources if needed.

Calls are answered locally if there is a local call center. When/if local call centers are not staffed, calls are routed to nearby states or the national office at Vibrant Emotional Health, an MHA affiliate and administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.