988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Beginning July 16, 2022, you can call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). It will be confidential, free, and available 24/7/365. 

Services will be available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 250 languages. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. 

What is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)?

NSPL is a national network of over 180 local, independent, and state-funded crisis centers. They are equipped to respond and help people in emotional distress or experiencing thoughts of suicide.  

You can dial 988 if you are having: 

  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Mental health crises.
  • Substance use crises.
  • Any other kind of emotional distress. 

You can also dial 988 if you are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. 

Calls, texts, and chats to 988 are redirected to Washington's three National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) crisis centers. The three crisis centers are:

  • Volunteers of America Western Washington
  • Frontier Behavioral Health
  • Crisis Connections

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the lead federal agency, in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Vibrant Emotional Health is the National Administrator of NSPL and 988.