The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) is made up of an expansive network of over 200 local – and state – funded crisis centers located across the United States. The counselors at these local crisis centers answer calls and chats from people in distress that the Lifeline receives every day. The Lifeline’s crisis centers provide the specialized care of a local community with the support of a national network.
Calls to the Lifeline are routed to their closest center based on area code, with the goal of connecting callers to counselors in their own state. Local counselors at crisis centers are familiar with community mental health resources, and can therefore provide referrals to local services.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is an effective, life-saving safety net for those experiencing mental health crisis, as shown by research. Although the Lifeline is a national program, the funds that sustain the network’s crisis centers come from state and local contributors. Many of the crisis centers in our network require more funding and resources in order to continue operating and growing.
How to support a crisis center.
Interested in donating to your local crisis center directly? Go to their web site or contact your nearest Lifeline crisis center directly and see how you can contribute.
2) Organize A Fundraiser
Organize a fundraiser in your community to help support your local crisis center and donate a percentage or all of the proceeds. Contact your local Lifeline center and see how your event might benefit their work, and make it happen!