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988 Lifeline Committees

Learn more about our 988 Lifeline Committees

About the 988 Lifeline Committees

Thank you for your interest in joining a 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Committee! Interest forms for our 988 Lifeline Committees are now closed. Please stay up-to-date with our website and social media channels for future opportunities to collaborate with our team. Thank you!

If you are looking for information on the Disaster Distress Helpline Committee, please visit here.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (988 Lifeline) provides free and confidential emotional support to people in emotional distress and suicidal crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the Unite States and its territories. The Lifeline seeks to instill hope, sustain living, and promote the health, safety, and well-being of the communities it serves. In order to achieve this, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline utilizes the guidance of expert advisors – including persons with lived or firsthand experience of suicide ideation, attempt, or loss of a loved one and/or involvement with prevention efforts – to continually improve Lifeline services and messaging. These individuals bring invaluable knowledge and support to our mission. The primary purpose of the 988 Lifeline Committees is for each to provide a consistent, cooperative body of advisors that will offer feedback, and at times, recommendations in support of the Lifeline’s mission-driven project goals and objectives, as well as serve as ambassadors that integrate and share 988 Lifeline services, tools, and messages within their communities.

Please see below for a brief overview of the 988 Lifeline Committees:

988 Lifeline National Steering: The 988 Lifeline National Steering Committee provides expert guidance on issues that affect the network’s primary administrators, partners, crisis centers, and those that use the Lifeline network, and help integrate the work of the Lifeline into state and local behavioral health systems around the country.

Communications and Marketing: Vibrant’s Communications and Marketing Department’s mission is to promote the support available through 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to all people in emotional and suicidal crises across the U.S. states and territories. The Communications and Marketing Committee will act as advisors and messengers of 988 Lifeline marketing, promotional and awareness initiatives.

Standards, Training, and Practices: Vibrant’s 988 Lifeline Clinical Standards, Training, and Practices (STP) Department oversees activities designed to promote and enhance best practices in the policies and practices of the Lifeline network crisis centers and in the direct service delivery of crisis counselors at each center. The STP Committee provides subject matter expertise from their respective disciplines and backgrounds (research, training, crisis center experience, lived experience) to support the 988 Lifeline STP team in identifying and developing essential standards, practices, and related trainings for crisis center practice.

Network Engagement: The Network Engagement committee will be comprised of crisis center staff to proactively co-develop solutions to key crisis center topics in partnership with Vibrant’s Center Engagement Department, and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among centers across the 988 Lifeline Network

In addition to the committees above, the 988 Lifeline will explore establishing new committees.