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New Federal 988 Dialing Code Created for Mental Health Crisis

The Federal Communications Commission has created a new 3-digit dialing code, 988, for mental health crisis and suicide prevention.

The 988 line will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for calls, texts, and chat beginning on July 16th, 2022.

988 will replace the 1-800 number currently used by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When someone calls 988 all phones in the U.S. (mobile and landline) will connect with a crisis/suicide prevention system. This will allow anyone in the U.S. to call 988 and receive help specifically for a mental health crisis.

To inform as many people as possible about 988 the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services has created an overview of how this service will work. Click here to learn more.

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