988 – the new three-digit number for mental health, substance use and suicide crises – is available to Ohioans who are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, and their family members. Call, chat, or text the 988 number in order to reach a trained counselor who can offer help and support. When you call or text 988, you will be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network, made up of around 200 crisis call centers and national backup centers. That means anyone, anywhere in the country can contact 988 during a mental health crisis and be connected with a trained crisis counselor who can listen, provide support, deescalate the situation and connect you to additional resources that might help. The Lifeline can respond to any type of mental health crisis or emotional distress. It is free, confidential and open to a person in crisis or someone calling on behalf of another.
The availability of 988 will help save lives
It took two years of dedicated work leading up to this day. The availability of 988 is a great step to helping people in crisis and their families. Learn more about 988 at the links below: Ohio 988 Fact Sheet Ohio 988 FAQ When to Call 911/When to Call 988 Local Partner Toolkit (logos and more) Ohio 988 Lifeline Providers Coverage Map OhioMHAS 988 Resource PageToday, getting connected to help became easier for people during a mental health crisis. Now, we need to build and expand resources so everyone in a crisis can receive the help they need and deserve.