988 Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline to launch July 16

Gov. Beshear announced this upcoming weekend, Saturday, July 16, the easy-to-remember three-digit mental health crisis hotline, 988, will launch in the Commonwealth.

The move is part of a nationwide departure away from the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 800-273-8255, which remains available during the changeover to help those in need.

The 988 number will soon connect Kentuckians facing thoughts of suicide, mental health distress or an addiction crisis with compassionate and trained counselors who can help. The lifeline is available 24/7 and councilors respond to calls, chats or text messages from those seeking help as well as from Kentuckians who are concerned about a loved one who may need crisis support.

The Governor said that the state has been working diligently to implement the new number, which has been called the “911 of mental health.”

“My administration has always prioritized mental health the same as physical health,” Gov. Beshear said. “And with the launch of 988, we have made it easier for Kentuckians to reach out and get the assistance they need and deserve.”

The Governor plans to join mental health partners at a news conference Monday at the Capitol to officially launch 988.

Press Release by Crystal Staley, Scottie Ellis, News Team for the office of Governor Andy Beshear

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