Effective July 16, 2022, the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 988 -became available to everyone in the United States. According to the website 988lifeline.org, dialing 988 provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and affects all ages, demographics, and ethnicities. Now there is a hotline for everyone – those contemplating suicide as well as friends, loved ones, co-workers, and others looking for support.
When you call, text, or chat 988, you will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. They are trained counselors who will listen, understand how the problems affect you, provide support, and connect you to resources if necessary.
The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis. The new number 988 is an easier number to remember and does not replace the original number – it is just another way to reach support.
For more information about Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs, click here.
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