988 mental health hotline launched today


Recently, a new suicide hotline number was launched as an attempt to provide support for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. 988 is meant to be a national suicide prevention and crisis intervention line. The hotline assists people of all ages. The hotline will also offer support to the friends and families of those affected by suicide. This critical step forward in suicide prevention efforts could save lives.

Modeled after 911, the new three-digit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is designed to be a quick, easy-to-remember number that connects people experiencing suicidal thoughts or any other mental health crisis to a trained mental health professional.

“If you are willing to turn to someone in your moment of crisis, 988 will be there,” said Xavier Becerra, the secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, at a recent press briefing. “988 won’t be a busy signal, and 988 won’t put you on hold. You will get help.”

988 is a confidential, free, and anonymous helpline available by phone or text for people in distress. It provides access to trained counselors 24/7. If you are feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk to, please call or text 988.

Please share this with your friends and family if you think it could help them.