988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
On July 16, 2022, Washington will join the rest of the United States in using the 988 dialing code — the new three-digit number for call, text, or chat that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). People can dial 988 if they are having thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Prior to July 2022, NSPL crisis centers were accessed by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This number will remain active during the transition to 988.
WA State Department of Health has provided two informational documents below.
Resources & Materials
SAMHSA has provided a 988 Partner Toolkit on their website that includes printable materials such as posters, wallet cards, and safety plans.
"SAMHSA recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. We encourage you to use these communication outreach materials and build upon them with your community coalitions to meet the needs of your specific audiences."
To learn more, visit the SAMHSA website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988/partner-toolkit