988 is Available in Vermont!
On July 16, 2022, Vermont joined the rest of the United States in launching the 988, the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This service provide compassionate, accessible care and supports for anyone experiencing mental health related distress. The chat feature will be available through the Lifeline’s website located at Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org).
■ 988 will accept calls from anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health, and/or substance use crisis. People can also contact 988 if they are concerned about a loved one in crisis.
■ 988 offers callers multiple languages, while text or chat are currently provided in English only.
■ Lifeline counselors receive extensive training and are there to listen and support callers through their distress while providing coping skills.
■ Access is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, please refer to this flier from the Vermont Department of Health, or this list of resources from SAMHSA.