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New 3-digit hotline number for National Suicide Prevention

Health & Wellness

People can now call 9-8-8 if they’re experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health situations and need to talk with mental health professionals at Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
 graphic reading "mental health matters" surrounded by light green and orange flowers
The previous Lifeline phone number (800) 273-8255 will remain active, but organizers hope the shorter number will be easier for people to remember.
The 9-8-8 hotline went into effect in mid-July. 

People call Lifeline for many reasons

Mental illnesses, including anxiety and depression, are among the most common health conditions in the United States — and one of the top identified health challenges in the Valley. One in five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
People who call Lifeline, a national network of 163 crisis centers, talk about lots of other things too, including substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, physical abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and loneliness.
Trained Lifeline network counselors listen and provide support, and often connect callers to other resources.

It’s OK to seek help when you need it

Individuals living with mental illness may be struggling to find treatment, manage their symptoms or medication, and cope with life's challenges effectively.
Here are three things to remember:

  • You are not alone. 

  • Help is available. 

  • Mental health conditions are treatable, and you can take practical steps to recover a healthy life.


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We’ve partnered with the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health to talk about mental illness and how to get help for yourself or a loved one.