Devastation occurs among family, friends, and communities every year, as close to 800,000 people around the world take their own lives. For every suicide, there are at least 20 unsuccessful attempts. While it is crucial that we educate ourselves on suicide prevention by knowing the risk factors and warning signs, the federal government has recognized that people contemplating suicide need an easier and more accessible helpline.
Although the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1.800.273.TALK (8255), as of July 16th, 2022, this Lifeline is now also reachable at the new three-digit number 988. This new number is easier to remember, quicker to dial, and will allow more people access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in times of need, ultimately saving more lives. Veterans and service members can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, talking online at veteranscrisisline.net, or texting 838255.
What is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline?
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of over 200 local and state crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which manages the Veterans Crisis Lifeline.
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