988 SC

What is 988?

988 is a direct three-digit line, answered by 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline counselors. This will open the door for millions of Americans who are seeking help. This three-digit number sends the message, across the country, that healing, hope, and help are happening every day.

More Americans died from a mental health crisis and substance abuse in 2018 alone than have died in combat in every war combined since World War II. And yet suicide is the most preventable cause of death. 

A 988 crisis line that is  effectively resourced and promoted will be able to:

  • connect a person in a mental health crisis to a trained counselor who can address their immediate needs and help connect them to ongoing care.
  • reduce healthcare spending with more cost-effective early intervention
  • reduce use of law enforcement, public health, and other safety resources
  • meet the growing need for crisis intervention at scale
  • help end stigma toward those seeking or accessing mental healthcare

When you've got a police, fire or rescue emergency you call 9-1-1.

When you have an urgent mental health need, you'll call 9-8-8. 

With an easy to remember and dial number like 988, the Lifeline hopes to reach many more people in emotional crisis.

Learn more about 988 and the legislative history that lead to the three-digit line by clicking the links below.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A National Safety Net and 9-8-8 by John Draper, Phd

411 on 988: Legislative History and Future Steps by Laura Evans 

Click on the links at the upper left to learn more about 988 History, 988 in South Carolina, and 988 Legislation.


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