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Posted on: July 19, 2022

[ARCHIVED] U.S. Transitions to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

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On Saturday, July 16, the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was transitioned to 988 across the United States.

988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis, or
  • Any other kind of emotion distress

People can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.

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