988: What You Need to Know

On July 16, 2022, the U.S. transitioned to using the 988-dialing code to reach suicide and crisis support, replacing the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline).

The 988-dialing code is the first step toward strengthening and transforming crisis care in this country. It serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help. Anyone can dial or text 988 to reach crisis support or use an online chat feature to connect with crisis support.

The Minnesota Department of Health is leading the effort to launch and communicate about 988 in Minnesota. MDH is working with Lifeline centers, community partners, and more to promote and prepare for the transition.
All 988 services are provided through phone, online chat, or text. Lifeline Centers do not provide in-person response. If someone contacts 988 and an in-person response is needed, a transfer to another service like mobile crisis or emergency services is required.

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