Suicide prevention hotline now offers Spanish-language texting and chatting
The three-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 988 – now includes text and chat services in Spanish.
Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the lifeline is available year-round, 24/7.
SAMHSA cites Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing that, in 2021, suicide was the second-leading cause of death nationwide among people ages 10-14 and 25-34.
“988 is about delivering lifesaving resources to Americans facing mental health challenges,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a press release, “and now we can say that to you in Spanish.”
SAMHSA transitioned from an 800 telephone number in July 2022.