I want to stop drinking, but don’t know where to start. Should I call 988?
I’m concerned my sister might be suffering from depression. Should I call 988?
I’m thinking of harming myself. Should I call 988?
I’ve already started to harm myself. Should I call 988?
Yes, yes, yes, and no.
988 is America’s new three-digit number for all things mental health. It replaces the old 1-800 suicide hotline, and adds the ability of people to access all kinds of behavioral health information and responses. 988 launched July 16, 2022 and is available 24/7.
If you want to stop drinking you can call 988 and speak with a trained mental health professional, and they will help you find recovery resources where you live.
If you’re concerned about a family member’s mental health you can call 988 to speak with a trained behavioral health professional who will help you understand the best ways to help your family member. If your family member is in immediate danger call 911.
If you’re thinking about self harm, 988 is definitely the number for you. Calling 988 replaces the old 1-800 numbers that were impossible to remember or find. If you need help, 988 now has the ability to send a mobile mental crisis team to your location. The team normally arrives in street clothes in an unmarked vehicle. If you need to be transported to a crisis unit that will be arranged. All of this takes place making sure your dignity and privacy are protected and respected.
If you’re in the process of harming yourself, call 911.
One of the best features when you call 988 is you don’t have to tell them your name or where you are unless emergency personnel are required.
In the first couple of months of the number’s operation, 90 percent of callers had their concern taken care of in that one phone call. Five percent of callers needed a mobile mental health team, and five percent of callers needed police or ambulance.
Another feature of 988 is your ability to communicate by text if you prefer.