988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launches tomorrow
Jul 15, 2022
The 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline July 16 will complete its transition to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, meaning individuals experiencing a suicide, mental health or substance use crisis can simply call, chat or text 988 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the United States had one death by suicide every 11 minutes in 2020, when suicide was the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-14 and 25-34; and more than 100,000 deaths from drug overdoses between April 2020 and April 2021. HHS expects the three-digit number to at least double the number of annual calls, chats and texts to the Lifeline, which last year totaled 3.6 million.