July 18, 2022

Manchin: New Three-Digit National Suicide and Crisis Hotline Launched Nationwide on July 16th

Hotline includes “Press 1” option for Veterans experiencing a mental health crisis

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced as of July 16, 2022, West Virginians and Americans nationwide who are experiencing mental health, substance use or suicide crises can call or text 988 or visit 988lifeline.org and be connected to trained crisis counselors. The trained crisis counselors are prepared to assist anyone experiencing a mental health emergency and the lifeline will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For Veterans experiencing a mental health crisis, a specialized hotline will be available by pressing 1 after connecting or by texting “VET” to the same 988 number.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional pressures on many West Virginians battling mental health or substance use crises, and has often made it more difficult to receive or continue treatment. Connecting people in crisis with experienced mental and behavioral health professionals is vital, and this new, easy to remember three-digit code will help West Virginians get the care they need and deserve,” said Senator Manchin. “I will continue to support mental health services in the Mountain State, and I encourage every West Virginian and American to become familiar with this new resource.”

More information on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available here.
The 24/7 Lifeline Chat is available online here.