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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline



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About 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress of any kind in the United States via phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. Callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline are routed to the nearest accredited crisis center in the caller's area. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline conversations are answered by staff at over 200 accredited crisis centers across the United States who provide callers with crisis counseling and mental health referrals. The Lifeline’s Crisis and Text Chat Service routes chat visitors to a subnetwork of crisis centers accredited in providing online emotional support. Specialized services are available to Veterans (in partnership with VA and SAMHSA, calls route to Veterans Crisis Line), Spanish speakers, and LGBTQ+ youth.

Where is 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline available?

Available nationwide in United States

Who does 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline support?

All topics and everyone

What languages does 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline support?

English and Spanish

What can I talk to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline about?

Abuse & domestic violence
Dementia & Alzheimers
Eating & body image
Gender & sexual identity
Pregnancy & abortion
Trauma & PTSD
School & work
Sexual abuse
Substance use
Supporting others
Grief & loss
Physical illness

Accessibility notes

Over 240 different languages available in partnership with our interpreting service (English and Spanish phone, chat and text services do NOT require an interpreter). To access Spanish texting service use keyword AYUDA to 988. TTY users can connect through 711 (relay service).

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