It starts off innocently. A mindless act of sleeping longer than usual or skipping meals because you have not felt hungry in days. Maybe a sad thought that lingers for several hours and a few days without seeing your friends. But eventually, it turns into months and before you realize, it is no longer innocent. The noose feels tighter around your neck as you wonder how long you have been a nobody. How long have you meant nothing to anyone? How long have you been empty? But it is not until you are let down from the rope, sirens blaring in the background, and the tears of your loved ones on the ground where your feet hang, that you realize you were a somebody. You were someone who felt, experienced, and loved. And you were someone people loved back. The only remnant they have is the half-written note …. to nobody. And now those who loved you are nobodies without you.
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Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255)
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 the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.
When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, even after 988 is launched nationally.