988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

New Nationwide Crisis Line To Be Available 24/7/Everywhere—Effective July 16

988 will become the national three-digit number for all mental health, substance use and suicide crises. The new lifeline will be available 24/7 nationwide on all devices effective July 16, 2022, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

» samhsa.gov/find-help/988

“988 will offer rapid access to behavioral health support through connection with trained crisis specialists,” notes the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH).

» dmh.mo.gov/behavioral-health/988-suicide-and-crisis-lifeline

When someone calls, chats or texts 988 they will be directly connected to a crisis specialist trained to support anyone experiencing a crisis. The specialists will, the DMH points outs, engage with each person using 988 to “understand and address the person’s unique concerns and needs.”

988 will be replacing the current National Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).