National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to transition to 988

The shortened 988 suicide prevention lifeline launches July 16 in Ohio.
Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 6:11 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) will transition to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline next month.

Ohioans who are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis can call, text, or chat the 988 number and reach a trained counselor who can offer support starting July 16, 2022.

Ohio has decided to transition to the easy to remember three-digit number, as it can provide greater access to life-saving services.

Part of its implementation plan is part of the state’s larger commitment to providing quality, person-centered crisis support in communities throughout the state.

988 builds on existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline systems and will provide 24/7, free and confidential support to Ohioans in crisis.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has been planning this transition for the last 18 months.

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