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988 – A Direct Link for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support

Starting this Saturday, July 16th, 2022, Pennsylvanians will have a new, easy way to connect with to mental or behavioral health crisis services. Dialing 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Trained 988 counselors located at thirteen PA crisis call centers can immediately provide phone-based support and/or connections to local resources.

If needed, the counselor can:

  • Activate a mobile mental health crisis team that will arrive on site.
  • Provide therapeutic interventions.
  • Make referrals for outpatient services or transportation for further evaluation.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and share this far and wide!