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Help Available 24/7 for Everyone - Text or Call 988 Day or Night

New number means easier access for mental health assistance

Too many people are in need of mental health assistance, and sometimes, it is not easily accessible for everyone. But not anymore. People can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support whenever or wherever they are.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) transitioned the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to the three-digit number to be easier for those in need to access.

The confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service is available in English and Spanish. The service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. The new number will also be used for the Veterans Crisis Line for Veterans and their loved ones to access for help.

In 2021, the Lifeline received 3.6 million calls, chats, and texts. That number is expected to at least double within the first full year after the 988 transition. According to SAMHSA, studies have shown that after speaking with a trained crisis counselor, most Lifeline callers are significantly more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful.

Mindful Mondays Mental Health Resources

Mindful Mondays promotes different ways you can make your mental health a priority but not take up too much of your busy schedule. From chair yoga virtual classes to tips on how to decompress after a long day, Hillsborough County's Mindful Mondays has various interactive resources for you to access no matter what day or time it is.

Interested in mindful videos that help improve your mental health? Check out the Mindful Monday's YouTube Playlist.


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