Call, Text or Chat via 988

A three-digit suicide prevention hotline 988 replaces the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to give those in crisis an easier way to seek help.


asian man on the phoneAnyone experiencing a mental health crisis will only need these three numbers to reach trained counselors. 988 is the starting point for people needing all types of care. If you call or text 988 you will be directed to the closest of 200 crisis call centers nationwide.

988 dialing code will be available nationwide in multiple languages. Text or chat is English only.


988 is a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health related distress.


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How is 988 different from 911?

988 was established to improve access to crisis services in a way that meets our country’s growing suicide and mental health related crisis care needs. 988 will provide easier access to the Lifeline network and related crisis resources, which are distinct from 911 (where the focus is on dispatching Emergency Medical Services, fire and police as needed).

Is 988 available for substance use crisis?

The Lifeline accepts calls from anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use crisis.

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