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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.

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