Statement by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Launch of 988

“Today we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of 988, the three-digit Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, where Americans can connect with trained counselors who will listen and offer real help in times of crisis.  

“Through 988, our message to Americans in crisis is clear: support is here. And thanks to President Biden, millions of Americans have been able to seek out help. Nearly 5 million calls, texts, and chats have been answered over the past year – saving countless lives.  

“I have traveled all over the country and talked with young people who got the help they needed, when they needed it most. For them, 988 is more than just a number – it’s a person to listen, a person to care. 

“With the new addition of Spanish language services, we’re enabling native and preferred Spanish speakers an opportunity to talk through their crisis in their chosen language. And we will continue to expand the reach of 988 and encourage people across the country, in all different communities, to seek help if they need it. 

“Finally, I want to thank SAMHSA and all the state leaders and partner organizations who have supported the work to make 988 available to people in crisis, and whose continued support and commitment to this work will save lives.” 

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