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With the July 16 launch of 988, the easy-to-remember lifeline number will provide vital support to people experiencing or affected by mental health, substance use, and/or suicide-related crises. Americans can now call or text 988 – or chat on their website – to receive free, confidential, 24/7 emotional support as well as referrals to local resources and services for further help.

As the lifeline is built on a network of state- and locally-funded crisis centers, LACDMH has been instrumental in planning and implementing its launch for L.A. County area residents and communities in partnership with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.

“We are excited for the nationwide roll out of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number, which will make it easier for people experiencing or affected by mental health crises to get immediate lifesaving help to support their safety and well-being. A key component of this new service is the availability of trained psychiatric mobile crisis response teams who can be connected to through the 988 line when necessary,” said LACDMH Acting Director Lisa Wong, Psy.D.

Check out our 988 site to learn more about LACDMH’s role in the number’s launch, as well as additional help line and suicide prevention resources on our website. LACDMH’s Help Line at (800) 854-7771 is also available 24/7 to provide service referrals, emotional support, and mental health resources.

For more details about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s services and resources, visit our 988 page or (P.S. please note that the (800) 273-TALK, the 10-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, remains operational and will automatically route callers to the 988 Lifeline.)