Too many Americans die as the result of a mental health emergency because they don’t know how to get help. The new national three-digit emergency hotline is designed to change that.
Just as U.S. residents now call 9-1-1 and don’t have to look up the number for the fire department if their home is on fire, they can now call 9-8-8 in a mental health crisis and receive free, compassionate, and confidential professional help when it’s needed most.
The 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national network of more than 200 crisis centers that help thousands of people to overcome crises every day. These centers are supported by local and state resources and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 9-8-8 for help. Or reach out to http://988lifeline.org to chat. The 11-digit hotline number (1-800-273-8255) also remains in service.