Earlier this week, there was a really important but subtle change. People who are in mental health and suicidal crisis can now call a 3 digit number — 9-8-8 for help
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the U.S., you can easily access 24/7 emotional support. You don’t have to be suicidal to reach out-our trained counselors can help you through any #mentalhealth challenges you’re experiencing. #988Lifeline
— 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (@988Lifeline) July 16, 2022
There has long been a suicide hotline but it is a long number that is not easy to memorize.
A 3 digit hotline number makes getting help easier. And if help is easier to get, however marginal the improvement in access, more people will actually be able to use the resource.
Always remember, help is available no matter what.