Nationwide 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Coming July 16th, 2022

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Washington State- On July 16, 2022, you can call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). It will be confidential, free, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Services will be available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 250 languages. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

You can dial 988 if you are having:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health crises
  • Substance use crises
  • Any other kind of emotional distress

You can also dial 988 if you are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 will not replace any crisis call centers in Washington state. It is an addition to the state’s network of crisis center providers. The current NSPL number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), will remain active along with 988.

The nationwide implementation of the 988 three-digit call, text, and chat line is just the first important step in re-imagining crisis support in the U.S.

In 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The act made 988 the new, nationwide, easy-to-remember 3-digit dialing, texting, and chat number for anyone experiencing a suicidal or mental health-related crisis.

Veterans and service members may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Spanish speakers may reach the Spanish Language Line by pressing 2.

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