A research roundup for journalists covering launch of 988 and suicide prevention hotlines


Suicide prevention hotlines are implemented in many countries and are considered an important part of suicide prevention efforts. In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network of crisis centers not only serve people who are in a mental health crisis, but also connect individuals with resources in their communities.

On July 16, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launched in the United States, building on the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and switching from the 10 digit number, 800-273-8255. The 800 number remains available and will be routed to 988.

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