On July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline changed its number to 9-8-8. The streamlined three digit number (previously a 10-digit 800 number) is available to everyone in the United States. Those who call, text or chat will be connected to a trained counselor who is available to listen, support and connect to resources, as needed.
Since its inception, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reports that it has proven to help individuals experiencing mental health crises “feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful.”
No matter your experiences today or in the past, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is three digits you should know, share and utilize. You cannot predict how mental health may affect you and your loved ones in the future, but you can be prepared.