The new psychiatric emergency number 988 will be activated this weekend
A new 988 mental health emergency number will be activated in the United States this Saturday, July. 16th, 2022.
Similar to dialing 911, 988 was designated as the new three-digit area code, directing callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
When people call, text, or chat 988, they are connected to trained counselors who are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained advisors listen, understand how their issues affect them, provide support, and connect resources when needed.
The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) remains available for people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 rolls out nationwide.
Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005 and has proven to be effective. It is the counselors in these local crisis centers who answer the contacts Lifeline receives on a daily basis. Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to a Lifeline counselor.
Answer the call! These centers are looking for new volunteers and paid staff. You will receive training. So if you are a caring person who wants to help people in crisis, apply today. Find your chance below samhsa.gov/988-jobs.
For information on how to support your local Lifeline Network Crisis Center visit our Crisis centers page here.
- To learn more about the effects of the Lifeline, visit our new On the numbers side.
- To learn what happens when you call, text, or chat with the Lifeline, click here.
- To learn more about the history of 988, Visit here.
- To learn how Vibrant Emotional Health, Lifeline’s nonprofit administrator, has supported state implementation planning for 988 through grants, check here.
- If you are a veteran, service member or family member and would like to learn more about how 988 is impacting the Veterans Crisis Line, click here.
988 is not yet active at all communications access points in the United States. If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit Vibrant The safe space for emotional health for digital resources.
More info at https://988lifeline.org.