988 - THE NEW NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE. 988 is a shorter, more memorable version of the existing 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK. Launched on July 16th, when individuals in need of crisis support call or text, they will be connected to trained counselors with the existing lifeline network. Trained counselors are available to listen, understand, provide support and connect callers with essential resources. Connect! Get Help! Find Hope! Available 24 hours.