988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline goes live July 16

The new 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline goes live on all devices on Saturday.

Starting Saturday, anyone who dials 988 will be directed to a national network of crisis centers found through the 1-800-273-TALK number.

The 988 hotline doesn’t replace the 800 number or locally operated crisis lines but instead serves as a universal entry point.

Those experiencing any of the following can call the hotline:

Mental health-related distress

Thoughts of suicide

Substance use crisis

Emotional distress

There are specialized services available for veterans, LGBTQ individuals and other groups

People who are worried about a loved one who may need support

The transition to a three-number hotline is designed to make it easier for individuals in crisis to get help and to destigmatize suicide and mental health issues, the Federal Communications Commission said.

The hotline number was adopted by the FCC in 2020.

In April 2021, customers in Indiana’s 219 and 574 area codes began transitioning to 10-digit dialing in preparation for the 988 hotline going into effect.

Ten-digit dialing became required in October 2021.

Click here to learn more about the 988 hotline.

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