suicide prevention

What to Know About 988, the New Mental Health Crisis Hotline

The new national suicide hotline, which has expanded its focus to help callers experiencing a range of mental health emergencies, launches July 16.

Starting on Saturday, people who are experiencing mental distress will be able to dial just three numbers to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Anyone in the United States can text or call 988 to reach trained counselors who can help them cope with a mental health emergency, and direct them to additional resources for mental health and substance use treatment.

The Lifeline’s existing 1-800 number still works, but the service has gotten a makeover and will now be more able to address general mental health concerns and emotional distress, as well as suicide crises. read more