On July 16, 2022, a new dialing code goes into effect for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988.
This national, three-digit dialing code was designated by Congress to provide 24-hour access to a trained crisis counselor. Like 911, the number is easier to remember and for emergencies but offers specialized support in mental health. The number is available to call, text, or chat.
Anyone of any age can use 988 to seek help for themselves or for advice regarding friends and loved ones. If you are unsure about whether your concern is appropriate, call. A counselor can help you assess your needs.