988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is coming to Alaska - July 12, 2022
On July 16, 2022, the 988-dialing code will become the new three-digit number that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for calls (multiple languages), texting, or chats (English only and available through the Lifeline’s website.) The Lifeline offers compassionate and accessible services for anyone having thoughts of suicide, experiencing mental health or substance use crises, and mental health-related distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
Alaskans who dial 988 from the 907 area code will be connected with the Alaska Careline, a member of the Lifeline and an in-state call center where trained counselors answer calls, chats, and texts.
Before July 16, 2022, please continue to call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-877-266-HELP (4357) to contact the Alaska Careline. Both numbers will still work after July 16 – and so will 988!