Help available 24/7 for everyone - text or call 988 day or night

Too many people are in need of mental health assistance, and sometimes, it is not easily accessible for everyone. But not anymore. People can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support whenever or wherever they are.

In July 2022, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) transitioned from a 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to the three-digit number to be easier for those in need to access.

The confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service is available in English and Spanish. The service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations, and is also used for the Veterans Crisis Line for Veterans and their loved ones to access for help.

According to SAMHSA, studies have shown that after speaking with a trained crisis counselor, most Lifeline callers are significantly more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful.

Last Modified: 9/26/2023, 8:57:01 PM

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