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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and 988

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and 988

988 is the new three-digit dialing code that connects callers to the 988 Suicide and Crisis
Lifeline (formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).

When to call 988

When you have a police, fire, or rescue emergency, call 911. When you have an urgent
behavioral health crisis, call 988.

You can call 988 from Rhode Island or anywhere else in the US. Calling 988 connects you to
services for a behavioral health crisis, so you can get help where and when you need it.

You can call 988 to talk with a trained counselor who will listen, provide support, and connect
you to resources if necessary.

Common questions about 988 in Rhode Island

What will happen if I call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)?

All calls to 988 or 1-800-273-8255 will route to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 988
is simply a much easier number to remember. So, if you call the old Lifeline number, you will get
the same service.

What will happen if I call 911 with a behavioral health emergency?

Nothing has changed in terms of how your call is answered. However, you should call 988 with
a behavioral health emergency, as this will connect you to services that focus specifically on
behavioral health.

What will happen if I call the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, press 1)?

All calls to 988 route to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 988 is simply an easier number to
remember. So, if you call the old Lifeline number and dial 1 for the Veterans Crisis Line, you will
be connected to the Veterans Crisis Line. And if you dial 988, you will also be prompted to dial 1
for the Veterans Crisis Line.

Service Members, Veterans, and their families may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by either
texting 838255, or through an online chat portal on the Veterans Crisis Line’s website,
www.veteranscrisisline.net.

For more about the 988 rollout, please see the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline website.