WASHINGTON — Calling for help in a mental health crisis will now be simple as remembering a new three-digit hotline.
The 988 crisis number went live nationwide on July 16, 2022, designed to make it easier to get the services currently offered through the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number — 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). That line will still be active.
The launch of the new number has been two years in the making. Still, some say many states are not prepared. Others see a catalyst to bolster America’s response to crises and spur more investment in community mental health resources.
Either way, 988 is officially launching. Here is what you need to know.
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