The pandemic brought on an influx of mental health struggles. Mental health is just as important as physical health. In 2020, congress authorized the three-digit code, 988, to give American’s an easier way to access the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a universal and easy to remember code. Beginning on July 16, 2022, 988 (the mental health equivalent of 911) has officially been rolled out. The line is available 24/7. The line connects directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline but is now much easier to remember. Remember, this number is for all mental health crises, not just suicidal ideation. The line can be used by anybody that is in mental health distress, including struggles related to substance use.

988 is free to use and accessible to everyone in need. Keep in mind, you can reach 988 through chat, text, or phone. There is support available in Spanish and interpretation services available in over 150 languages. The goal of 988 is to redesign and transform the crisis care system in America. Calls made to 988 are confidential and can provide prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones. Dialing 988 will connect you to a local crisis center that is participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. The current Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255)

If you are interested in helping, the centers are looking for volunteers and paid employees. Training will be provided. You can apply at you or a loved one are in need, please do not hesitate to dial or text 988 or contact us at Capital EAP.

By: Julia Cornman, EAP Intern