Calls Pour Into 988 Mental Health Helpline

More than 200 call centers across U.S. take calls from those considering suicide, mental health emergency
CAMP SPRINGS, MD - NOVEMBER 23:  Tear comes out from the eyes of Hurricane Katrina evacuee Kathy Curry of New Orleans cries as she learns that her daughter cannot make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas while talking to her daughter on the phone in her room at Days Inn Hotel November 23, 2005 in Camp Springs, Maryland. After leaving her house underwater in New Orleans three-months ago, Curry, a former rehabilitation counselor, hasn?t settled down with a permanent housing. Curry will celebrate Thanksgiving with her son and two of their friends who were also evacuated from New Orleans in the hotel room she is currently staying. She said all she wants for Christmas is a new home, with all of her three children together, and she will be the happiest mother on the earth.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The 988 mental health helpline — which takes calls around the clock — has received more than 2 million calls, texts, and chat messages in the first six months since it launched.
  • The helpline was built upon the old national lifeline and has been quickly expanding its reach after it was launched with bipartisan congressional support and nearly $1 billion in federal funding.
  • The number of centers taking calls in Spanish expanded from three to seven in 2022 and a pilot line has been initiated to take calls from LGBTQ youth.

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