You’ve heard of 911 for emergencies? Now there’s 988!
It is available everywhere in the United States RIGHT NOW! So Let’s Prevent Suicide and Help Mental Illness!
New Crisis Hotline: 988
As of Saturday, 16 June 2022, anyone in the U.S. can call or text 988 for immediate emotional help. Whereas before, you had to call 1-800-273-8255, you can now reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing
In fact, this same Lifeline has provided dependable suicide prevention counseling since January 1, 20051. They now offer emergency support for most emotional and mental crises, including (but not limited to) panic attacks, anxiety, depression, grief, and of course suicidal thoughts.
For more information about the new number, here is a link to the official site: The Lifeline and 988.
(By the way, you can still call their old number if you wish. It will stay open in addition to 988.)
Spread Awareness – Prevent Suicide
In order to spread awareness of the new 988 number, I am hereby releasing the above image under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.
License: Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International — CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Terms summary: you may use the image so long as you: A.) Give me credit as creator, and B.) Do not sell it or products made with it. Also, you may make derivative works from it, so long as you release those under the same terms. (According to the Creative Commons rules, you must also provide a link back to their license terms.)
This is less restrictive than my usual website license. Please spread the image, the new number, and the importance of mental health!
For more, please see my entry:
Here’s the Truth About Depression/Anxiety: Real Diseases!
And remember… if things get too tough – Dial 988 and talk to an emergency crisis counselor!
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