988 Line Operating

The new 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is operational.  The 9-8-8 dialing code connects callers to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a network of local call centers throughout the country.  Oregon Health Authority Behavioral Health Crisis System and 9-8-8 Lead Rusha Grinstead says the hope is the three-digit number is easier to remember than the lifeline’s previous ten-digit number, especially for those in crisis.  In 2020 the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received nearly 2.4 million calls, and call volume is anticipated to significantly increase with the launch of 9-8-8.

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