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National crisis telephone number 988 under consideration

How 988 will help 

Today, people experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts have to navigate a range of hard-to-remember hotline numbers that differ in every community. These hotlines often lack the infrastructure, staff and supports to provide the right response at the right time.

It’s time that people experiencing a mental health crisis get the same type of help as those experiencing a physical health emergency. A national 3-digit number focused on mental health crises and suicide prevention will be an important first step in getting people the help they need and deserve. 

There are many additional steps before 988 becomes an active number and resource for those in crisis. In the meantime, anyone in crisis should continue to call the existing National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the NorthBay Suicide Hotline at 855-587-6373. 


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