988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline goes live!
The National Suicide Prevention 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. Now, when people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
While 988 is expected to go live nationwide on July 16, 2022, the former number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline still works: 1-800-273-8255.