988 Mental Health Crisis Lifeline is Live

The 988 National Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline was launched nationally and in Ohio on July 16, 2022. From that day forward, Ohioans can call 988 for any behavioral health crisis. While national and statewide 988 public awareness campaigns will not begin until 2023, local public-serving organizations and community agencies can consider opportunities to educate their residents about the 988 service.


OhioMHAS and SAMHSA have made several resources available to help communities and stakeholders share information about 988. More information can be found at:


Ohio Resources - https://mha.ohio.gov/988

National SAMHSA Toolkit - https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988/partner-toolkit

When to Call 988 vs When to Call 911 - https://mha.ohio.gov/static/AboutUs/Priorities/988vs911.pdf

SAMHSA just released new 988 printable wallet cards, magnets, posters, and safety plan forms on the Partner Toolkit. SAMHSA provides organizations the ability to order limited supplies from the SAMHSA Store.