Pebble in the Road - 988 Lifeline Phone Number Goes Nationwide

On July 16, 2022 the new 988 Lifeline phone number for mental health support is in effect for those of us living in the United States. 

This phone number is also known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and its purpose is to provide support for those experiencing a problem, including putting themselves at risk, self harm, delusions or if there is serious emotional distress.

You can also use it if someone you know might need support or you are having a situation with someone in your home.

The service provides help in English and Spanish. however there are translation services in other languages. There is also support for veterans to address their needs. 

There are a number of ways to contact the service:

  • By voice dialing 988 or using the traditional phone number 1-800-273-8255.
  • By text dialing 988
  • For deaf/hard of hearing you can use a relay service and  1-800-273-8255. or dial 711 then either 988 or the traditional number 1-800-273-8255.
If you need to talk with someone and it is not a crisis, there are a number of Warm Lines that you can call to talk about how you are feeling. Sometimes making contact with a person helps you to connect to yourself. 

Resources Mentioned: 

NAMI HelpLine for information about mental health conditions, resources and can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or is a listing of many of the telephone support lines in the U.S.

California Warm Lines - When you need to talk to someone and you DON'T feel suicidal.

Project Return Peer Support Network provides both English and Spanish language support seven days a week between 5pm and 10pm Pacific Standard Time.

Amala Hopeline for Muslim youth support 1-855-95-AMALA

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ folks with phone, text, chat and other resources for people under 25 or those that want to help that population. The phone number for their telephone support is 1-866-488-7386.


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

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