988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

New Jerseyans are now able to use the new, three-digit number 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 988 will be available for call, text, or chat for those experiencing a mental health-related or suicidal crisis, or those looking to help a loved one through a crisis.

The aim of 988 is to improve access to crisis services in a way that meets the country’s growing suicide and mental health related crisis care needs.

988 or 911 - What's the Difference?

  • 911 is focused on public safety and will dispatch Emergency Medical Services, the fire department, and police - as needed. If someone is in immediate danger, if there is a fire, a crime, or someone has already hurt themselves and needs immediate medical care, call 911.
  • 988 allows easy access to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network which provides de-escalation and support as well as linkage to mental health and/or substance use services and other services as needed. If someone is having suicidal thoughts or is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, call 988.
Event Type
  • Advocacy
  • Family Support
  • Community Conversation
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 11/18/22