Thoughts of suicide
Mental health or substance use crisis, or
Any other kind of emotional distress
What happens when you call, text or chat 988?
You will be connected with a skilled, trained crisis worker who works at the Lifeline network crisis center closest to you. This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support and share any resources that may be helpful.
The Lifeline does not “trace” callers, chat or text users. For some individuals, having contact with emergency services can be traumatic and dangerous, and whenever possible the Lifeline recommends alternate options such as collaborating on a safety plan, utilizing mobile crisis teams, collaborating with the individual’s loved ones or professionals, or supporting the individual to get to a Crisis Stabilization Unit, emergency department, or urgent care. Learn more and get answers to other frequently asked questions.