Call or Text: San Diego Expands Mental Health Services with 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

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From the County of San Diego: People experiencing a suicide, mental health or substance use crisis are now able to call or text a three-digit 9-8-8 dialing code to get help for themselves or a loved one. San Diegans who call or text 9-8-8 are connected to a trained counselor who can help them and connect them to services in the area where they live.

With its launch, 9-8-8 serves as the new nationwide phone number for connecting people to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.

The 9-8-8-dialing code does not replace the Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240, which is already a partner of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Confidential and free of charge, the Access and Crisis Line offers support and resources countywide in over 200 languages from experienced counselors on all behavioral health, mental health and substance use topics.

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