Stephen Williams July 15, 2023
One year ago, the $430 million, 988 system was announced by the federal government in Philadelphia. Since then, there have been a host of improvements, including text, chat and more languages supported, officials said Friday.
The three digit 988 phone number replaced the 10-digit Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and is an alternative to 911 for people suffering from mental health crises related to issues such as anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
The phone number will connect callers to a team of mental health professionals that will provide counseling and also refer them to a host of services and support.