The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 200 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all, including innovative public messaging, best practices in mental health, and groundbreaking partnerships.
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Vibrant Emotional Health launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005. Vibrant Emotional Health, the administrator of the grant, works with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), National Council for Behavioral Health, and others, to manage the project, along with Living Works, Inc., an internationally respected organization specializing in suicide intervention skills training.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has been independently evaluated since its inception by an investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. The Lifeline receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national and international researchers and experts focused on suicide prevention and crisis response.
Other Mental Health Resources
- American Psychiatric Association (APA)
- American Psychological Association
- Internet Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives, North Carolina FAQs
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
- The Arc: For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Autism Society
- Autism Speaks
- International OCD Foundation
- Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health
- Narcotics Anonymous
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- National Center for PTSD
- The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR)
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- National Sleep Foundation
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
- Tourette Association of America