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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Is Live

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

On July 16, 2022, a new and easy-to-remember mental health crisis 988-dialing code was implemented nationwide.  The goal of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is to provide people in need with easier access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) and its related crisis stabilization resources.  If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or visit the Lifeline Chat to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

The SAMHSA-funded 988 provides a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.  People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. 

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan has joined the nation in transitioning to the 988-dialing code.  “The 988 number is another step toward strengthening and transforming crisis care and mental health services in our state, which is a key focus of the department,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS Director. “This universal number means no matter where you live or call from, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help. We encourage Michigan residents or their family members to call 988 if they are experiencing mental health-related distress, emotional distress or a substance use crisis.”

For more information, visit Michigan’s 988 website helping connect Michigan residents.

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