988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The new suicide and crisis number—988—is now live.
On July 16, 2022, the U.S. launched a new three-digit phone number, 988, for mental health emergencies. This is a huge step forward in strengthening and expanding the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
988 is the new three-digit dialing code where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for those experiencing mental health-related crises—including thoughts of suicide or a substance use crisis.
People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Learn more here or by clicking the links below.
Additional Information about 988
- 988 Fact Sheet
- 988 FAQs
- The Lifeline’s History
- Signs and Symptoms of a Problem
- Warning Signs of Suicide
- Taking Care of Ourselves When Helping Others
- Calling 911 and Talking with Police
911 serves as an emergency and public safety dispatch system, where the focus is to dispatch Emergency Medical Services, fire and police as needed.