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Here’s what you need to know about 988, the new mental health crisis hotline

The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will still remain available by calling 1-800-273-8255, but experts say the new three-digit code will be easier to remember during mental health emergencies.

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What is the 988 hotline?

Why is a new number needed?

Who can call the new hotline?

Can I still call the old hotline?

What happens when I use the hotline?

How will the new number increase access to mental health resources?


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