LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Not yet, but soon, reaching out to the national suicide prevention hotline will be a matter of dialing a three-digit code instead of the current 800 number.
Beginning July 16, dialing 988 will connect a caller to the national suicide prevention hotline, an 800 number. That number, 1-800-273-8255, will remain in place, in fact dialing 988 will connect a caller to that same service.
The Lifeline Chat online access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will remain available.
Veterans dial “1” after dialing 1-800-273-8255 to connect to the Veterans Crisis Line, or online at www.veteranscrisisline.com or text 838255
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The 988 dial code, once in effect July 16, will work from anywhere in the United States and the five major U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.