When there’s a police or medical emergency, everyone knows to call 911 to connect to law enforcement first responders. Starting on July 16, the number to call or text for all emergency mental-health needs will be 988, not just in South Jersey but across the nation.

The new 3-digit combo will connect people experiencing a mental health crisis or drug use to trained health workers, often without police involvement, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officials expect the new number will be easier to remember than 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the existing National Suicide Prevention Number. However, both numbers will direct callers to the same services.

Calls in New Jersey will be directed to one of 5 Lifeline Centers.

July 2022
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