988 Suicide Prevention

Now there is a simple way to get the mental health support you need!

Starting July 16th the new 988 hotline allows individuals easy access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.   There has been a  hotline available at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).  However, the odds of remembering this number, much less remembering it existed in a crisis, have been low.  988 has been two years in the making!  The telecommunications industry has worked diligently to make changes to our dialing plans to allow for this lifeline to go live.  

Did you know that 988 is not just for someone who is suicidal? 

Mental health affects every aspect of our lives: how we feel about ourselves and the world; solve problems, cope with stress, and overcome challenges; build relationships and connect with others; and perform in school, at work, and throughout life. Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and is an essential component of overall health.As a nation, we are beginning to destigmatize and address mental health issues long before they reach the point of contemplating suicide.

To learn more about the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration's 988 resources and information, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988.

988 texting is coming soon!  Stay tuned! 

The FCC has expanded the scope of the 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to include the ability to text 988 to directly reach the Lifeline to better support at-risk communities in crisis, including youth and individuals with disabilities.

1 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2020 May 28). What is Mental Health. MentalHealth.gov. Accessed on November 10, 2021. Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealth. gov/basics/what-is-mental-health