"988" – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network
July 12, 2022
The United States phone number “988” has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
While some areas may be currently able to connect to this Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting July 16, 2022.
Not just for Flight Attendants, but all people across the United States may call, text, or chat with 988 which connects the individual with trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network.
These trained counselors will listen, provide support, and connect the individual to resources, if necessary. Numerous studies have shown that those who contact the Lifeline Network feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking with a counselor.
The current Lifeline Network phone number is (800) 273-8255, which has been in operation since 2005 and will continue to remain available in addition to the 988 number.
As always, our AFA EAP is a resource available to you as well. For more information about AFA EAP, please visit our website at www.unitedafa.org.
For more information about the Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program, please contact FADAP at (855) 333-2327 or their website.