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Dial 988 for mental health support

Minnesotans facing mental health crises can dial or text 988 to connect to Lifeline support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The 988 code serves as a universal entry point, so callers can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help regardless of where they live. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. People should call 911 if they suspect a drug overdose or need immediate medical help.

The change is part of a nationwide effort to transition the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), to a phone number people can more easily remember.

Moving to a shorter dialing code is a step to help reduce suicide, and it is part of a larger push to improve options for Americans facing mental health crises.