988 Lifeline sees boost in use and funding in first months
Federal data shows that the Lifeline responded to 154,585 more contacts – including calls, text messages and chats – in November 2022 than the same month the year before.
If you are thinking about suicide or you know someone in emotional crisis, call or text 988 any time for confidential, free, crisis support.
The new 988 system launched in mid-July, and one early estimate says calls went up 45% nationally during the first week.
Almost all Americans should be able to able to dial 9-8-8 on their phones in the future if they are someone close to them is in a crisis.