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988 - Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 (like 911 for emergency) is the new three-digit telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

988 is a comprehensive resource, with counselors who can answer questions, provide guidance and resources for individuals at risk for suicide, as well as those experiencing other mental health and substance use related emergencies. This includes families and individuals that represent a support system for those seeking assistance.

Specialized services are also available for veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other groups.

Stephen M. Apatow, Chaplain for the National 13 Lives Project, and Trustee and Chaplain for the Lordship Community Church in Stratford, Connecticut, explains the growing crisis:

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