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The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Starting July 16, 2022, Marylanders have a new way to connect with behavioral health crisis support. Instead of the old National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), you can now dial 988 to reach the new Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

What does this mean for Marylanders?

When you call 988, it's like dialing a direct line to a friendly expert who can help with mental health or substance use crises. And the best part? All calls, chats, and texts to 988 are totally free!
Your call gets sent to a local center based on your area code. We have eight centers across the state, and these awesome folks are ready to offer support and guide you to local resources.
Anyone who needs help with behavioral health problems can call 988.

What can callers expect when they call 988?

A caring counselor will pick up, listen to what you're going through, and offer support and resources.
If a Maryland center can't take your call, you'll be connected to a national backup center.
The Lifeline can help you in English and Spanish, and they even use Language Line Solutions for over 150 other languages!
Veterans, you're not forgotten – press 1 after calling 988 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

What can someone expect during a chat or text?

Texts and chats to 988 work the same way. Your messages go to a crisis center near you, where a staff person will respond and provide support.

To learn more about the 988 National Suicide & Crisis Service Lifeline, check out their resources. Remember, help is just a call or text away!


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