988, a new suicide and mental health crisis phone line, was introduced in July 2022. This will help ease the burden on 911. Calls get immediately connected to counselors trained for mental health related crisis and are available 24/7. This includes thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises or any other kind emotional distress.
People can call or text 988 for themselves or if they are concerned about a loved one who might need support.
Suicide rates have increased greatly over the last two years as a result of the Pandemic. If you know someone at risk of suicide tell them about 988.