What about 1-800-273-8255 ? You can still use this number to access assistance. The new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is meant to make resources more accessible.
THE URGENT NEED for 988
Too many people are experiencing suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need, and sadly, the pandemic only made a bad situation worse.
There are urgent realities driving the need for crisis service transformation across our country.
In 2020 alone, the U.S. had one death by suicide about every 11 minutes.
For people aged 10 – 34 years, suicide is a leading cause of death.
From April 2020 to 2021, over 100,000 individuals died from drug overdoses.
When is it appropriate to call 988?
Anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use issue can call 988.
Lifeline Chat is also available 24/7 across the U.S.
Some people struggling with mental health issues may feel their problem is not “severe enough” to merit using the hotline.
“If you’re unsure, call.” – Dr. Robert Trestman, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Healthcare Systems and Financing.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff first proposed 988 to Congress in 2019. They recognized the need for a nationwide, easy-to-remember, 3-digit dialing code for individuals in crisis to connect with mental health crisis counselors.
Is it ok to call on someone else’s behalf? YES.
Counselors can offer guidance on helping a friend or loved one navigating a mental health emergency.
Always seek help if a loved one shares plans to harm themselves.
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