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Three Numbers to Memorize This Week: 988

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Reaching crisis mental health support is now just three numbers away. As of July 16, 2022, dialing or texting 988 will connect you to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Line). According to the website, the lifeline is intended for “Anyone who is depressed, going through a hard time, needs to talk, or is thinking about suicide.” If you or someone you know is struggling and could benefit from talking to a trained professional for real-time support and potential safety planning, the Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Here are a few additional points to keep in mind:

- TTY services are available for individuals who are hearing impaired. You can dial 711 and then 988, or use an alternative relay service.

- The Lifeline is intended for both English and non-English speakers. Tele-interpreters are available for over 150 languages. In addition, a Spanish Language Line is available directly by calling 1-888-628-9454.

- The previous Lifeline phone number 1-800-273-TALK will continue to remain active even after 988 is fully launched.

- The Lifeline is a free service, and is intended for both youth and adults.

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