On July 16, 2022, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline officially went live across the United States. Comprised of a national network of local crisis centers, 988 provides free, confidential, 24/7 support and resources to people experiencing or affected by a suicidal, mental health, and/or substance use crisis. Callers can access this lifesaving service by simply calling or texting 988, or via online chat on their website.
In Los Angeles County, 988 calls will be handled by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and their 988 team will coordinate with LACDMH’s Help Line staff to provide appropriate information, resources, and referrals to L.A. County callers.
To help you and your loved ones become familiar with 988, please use and share the below materials and resources about this service.
Note: While 988 is the successor to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), the 10-digit number remains operational and will automatically route callers to the 988 Lifeline.