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Everybody has a role to play in preventing suicide, and the 988 Lifeline has lots of ways you can take part. With your help, we can spread awareness about suicide prevention and mental health, and save lives.


The network of local crisis centers that make up the 988 Lifeline relies on dedicated and trained volunteers to help provide needed support for people in crisis.


Contact your local crisis center to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

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Have the Conversation

Use the #BeThe1To 5 action steps to help someone in your life that might be in crisis. These steps have been proven to help others find hope and support.



Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce suicidal ideation.

Keep Them Safe

Keep Them Safe

A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.

Be There

Be There

Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.

Help Them Connect

Help Them Connect

Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.

Follow Up

Follow Up

Studies have also shown that brief, low cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.

Learn More

Learn More

Get stories, resources, research, and events at the #BeThe1To website.

Share Your Story of Hope

The decision to share one’s lived experience of suicide should not be taken lightly. If you are considering sharing your story, we recommend that you use this storytelling checklist to help determine how to share your story safely and effectively – for yourself and others.

Build Safer Digital Communities

Support others online by building digital community guidelines and learning how to report suicidal messages on social media.


The 988 Lifeline is made up of a national network of local crisis centers, which answer all calls to the 988 Lifeline as well as calls from their local communities. Contact your local crisis center to find out how you can donate to help support them.

You can also choose to donate to the 988 Lifeline program and its administrator. The 988 Lifeline is funded by SAMHSA and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, a 501c3 org. Your online gift will be used to support the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) and other programs and activities of Vibrant.

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Download Logos and Ribbons

Share the 988 Lifeline logo and prevention ribbons to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

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Order 988 Awareness Materials

Order 988-branded posters, wallet cards, and more to share.

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Read Stories Of Hope & Recovery

Get stories from people who have been through a crisis and found hope.

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