National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Devastation occurs among family, friends and communities each and every year, as close to 800,000 people take their own lives. For every suicide, there are at least 20 unsuccessful attempts. While educating ourselves on suicide prevention by knowing the risk factors and warning signs is crucial, the federal government has recognized that people contemplating suicide need an easier and more accessible helpline.

The original 1.800.273.TALK number will soon be the new three-digit number 988. This new and easy-to-remember number will allow more people access to the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline in times of need, and will ultimately save more lives.

Effective July 16th, 2022:

The National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline will change to 988. Until then, call 1.800.273.TALK.

Getting help before 988 is effective

Until 988 is effective, if you are in a crisis, please call 1.800.273.TALK (8255) directly. Veterans and service members can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, talking online at, or texting 838255.

What is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline?

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of approximately 170 local and state crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs which manages the Veterans Crisis Lifeline.

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