There is hope if you or a loved one is experiencing a suicidal crisis, emotional distress, or a substance abuse crisis. You can now call 988 and be instantly connected to a network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support.
On July 16, The National Suicide Hotline went live and is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At any time during the day or night, if you or a loved one needs help, you can call free of charge to reach out to someone who will listen.
“If you are willing to turn to someone in your moment of crisis, 988 will be there.” Said Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, “(988 won’t be a busy signal, and 988 won’t put you on hold. You will get help.”
The website offers a way to connect with a counselor over the internet. It also has information about various topics, including black mental health, maternal mental health, youth services, help for veterans, disaster survivors, and more.
What happens when you call the Lifeline?
The goal is to help you reduce stress and feel empowered to make a healthy decision. The counselor will ask you a variety of questions to be sure that you are safe if you have any thoughts of suicide. If the counselor thinks you are in danger, they will talk with you about how to access emergency services to ensure you are safe. The counselor may also help you create a safety plan if necessary.
Suicide is a topic we don’t talk about a lot. But, when someone is living with suicidal feelings and ideation, it can be incredibly isolating. Fight the isolation and reach out for help. It could save your life. Please know you are not alone. When you let someone else know you are struggling, they can come alongside you and help you get the help you need. The support you need is available if you reach out for it.
Written By: Christine B., Masters Level Intern