On July 16, 2022, the 988 hotline was launched nationwide. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.
Previously, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was accessible by calling 1-800-273-6255 (TALK). That number remains staffed and active. The 988 hotline allows individuals to use a three-digit number to text or call to speak to someone, similarly to how people utilize the 911 emergency hotline.
We have added information on the new 988 hotline on our district website. Visit the “Parents/Community” tab and click “Student Safety” in the pulldown menu.
For additional information on this new hotline, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.
Our “Student Safety” page also provides information and links to a variety of other resources and agencies who can help students and families in need of support.
Resources and links available on the page include:
Empower Youth Network
Friends of Youth
The Trevor Project
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources
Additional information is provided on programs within our schools and community as well.
We hope these resources are helpful to you. Please feel free to share them with anyone who may find them beneficial. As a district, we are here to support our students, staff, and families in any way we can.