988 is the new nationwide Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Simply dial or text 988 and receive support and care.
You can also use the hotline if someone you love is in crisis.
If you’re a veteran you can dial 988, then press 1. You’ll be connected directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline.
988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number — it’s a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health related distress – whether thoughts of suicide, mental health, substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.
Mental Health needs are at an all-time high. In 2020 alone, The US recorded one death by suicide about every 11 minutes. For people in the age group of 10-34, suicide is the leading cause of death.
Suicide rates are higher with at risk populations, such as veterans and the LGBTQ community. Advocates say more than 20 veterans die by suicide every day and more than a half million LGBTQ youth will attempt suicide this year.
This national network of more than 200 crisis centers, helps thousands of people overcome crisis situations every day.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
When you or someone you love, calls:
- 1) You’ll hear a message telling you that you’ve reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
2) You’ll be put on a brief hold with music while you’re connected.
3) A skilled, trained crisis worker who works at the Lifeline network crisis center closest to you, will answer the phone.
4) This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share any resources that may be helpful.
All calls are confidential and free.