As of July 16, 2022,988 is the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for crisis and suicide prevention. It replaced the 1-800 number that was previously used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, they will be able to dial or text 988, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be connected to a mental health professional. Once connected, an assessment will be conducted to determine if additional help is needed. If so, a response team will be dispatched. People can also visit www.988lifeline.org/chat to chat with a caring counselor.