Effective on October 24, 2021 for Multiple States/Area Codes
988 Becomes Available Nationwide on July 16, 2022
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted 988 as a new 3-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022.
- Wireless customers may dial either 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline now.
- Landline customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the Lifeline until July 16, 2022.
For 988 to work for everyone, 10-digit local dialing must be implemented.