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Mental Health Crisis National Lifeline: 988

By |2022-10-03T15:51:51-04:00October 12th, 2022|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: |

Similar to calling 911 for emergencies, 988 has been nationally designated as the three-digit dialing code that will route callers in mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network.

When to Call

  • Suicidal crisis
  • Substance abuse assistance
  • Mental health resources
  • Concerns about a loved one who may need crisis assistance

Can I Call, Text, or Chat?

You can call or text 988 or chat via

Who Will I Speak With?

You will be connected to trained counselors who will listen, provide support, and link you to resources if necessary, including CentraState’s Psychiatric Emergency Services.

Is it Confidential?

Contact with 988 is treated as confidential by Lifeline and its network centers, meaning that information will not be shared without consent unless there is an imminent risk of harm.

CentraState Psychiatric Emergency Services

CentraState provides psychiatric emergency services for immediate assessment, supportive crisis counseling, education, and referrals, as well as an inpatient program for those who need intensive care in a medical setting. The team includes psychiatrists, credentialed therapists, psychiatric nurses, a licensed substance abuse counselor, and social workers. Together, they provide compassionate and effective individual care for patients.

In addition to the new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, people throughout the region can directly call CentraState’s 24-hour emergency crisis hotline at 732-780-6023 for issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use, and chronic mental health conditions.

For more information on Behavioral Health Services at CentraState, visit or call 732-780-6023.

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