New Suicide Crisis Hotline Number Up and Running in Missouri

988 Hotline

Missourians experiencing a mental health crisis will only have to remember three numbers in order to get help: 988. The new national initiative improving the services of the previous National Suicide Prevention hotline went into effect over the weekend. Now Missourians experiencing a mental health crisis will only have to call 988, instead of the longer 1-800-273-8255. The 1-800 number will still operate and both numbers will connect callers to the same services. Those seeking mental health services can also text the 988 number.

Missouri 988 crisis specialists expect to field 253,000 contacts, which includes calls and texts, in the first year of operation. Crisis specialists work with individuals in need of help, provide support, and connect them to resources. Specialists can also dispatch mobile crisis response teams should the situation arise.

July 22, 2022 - 10:16am

Latest Posts

Less than One Week until Missouri’s Second Execution of 2023

On February 7, the state of Missouri is set to execute Leonard “Raheem” Taylor for the 2004 murders of Angela Rowe, Alexus...Read more

Testimony Heard on Benefits Cliff Bill

On Wednesday, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard public testimony on a benefits cliff bill for recipients of SNAP, TANF, and...Read more

School Choice Bill Voted Out of Committee

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school choice bill meant to fund students. SB...Read more

Subscribe to Blog
  • 1 of 382