Beginning July 16, 988 is the new three-digit dialing code to connect people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This crisis line is available 24 hours a day to provide free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.
988 is also available via text. When you text 988, you will be connected to a crisis counselor who will listen to you, work to understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share resources that may be helpful. Whether you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, mental health, substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress, the 988 number will connect you with the appropriate support for yourself or a loved one.
The 988 dialing code is just a first step toward strengthening and transforming crisis care. No matter where you live, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
For more information, please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Frequently Asked Questions page.