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Office of Mental Health

988: More than a Number

988 is the new, three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). 988 will be available nation-wide on July 16, 2022. Until then, you should call the NSPL (1-800-273-8255) if you or someone you know is in crisis.

988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number. It is a direct connection to caring support for anyone in mental health distress. This may include:

  • thoughts of suicide
  • substance use crisis
  • emotional distress

988 is a free service available to everyone. You can contact 988 by chat, text, or phone. Access support in Spanish by pressing 2. Interpretation services are available in over 150 languages.



Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Crisis Services.