National 988 Lifeline Ready to Launch in Ohio 

Submitted by KCH on Mon, 08/01/2022 - 3:46pm

As of July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) transitioned to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Ohioans who are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, and their family members, can call, text, or chat the 988 number to reach a trained counselor who can offer help and support. 

988 vs 911
988 Fast Facts
  • 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis counselors.
  • Access is available through every landline, cell phone, and voice-over-internet device in the United States. Call services are available in Spanish and interpretation services in over 150 languages.
  • The 988 dialing code is available for call, text, and chat starting on July 16, 2022. The previous 1-800-273-8255 number will continue to function even after the transition.
  • The nationwide transition to 988 is just an initial step in reimagining crisis support in the U.S.