By Lisa Phu
Alaska Beacon 

New 988 mental health crisis line starts up in Alaska


Alaskans who find themselves in a mental health crisis can now call or text 988 to access a trained crisis counselor. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals of all ages.

The three-digit number for suicide prevention and mental health crisis support became operational in Alaska and across the nation on July 16.

Leah Van Kirk, statewide suicide prevention coordinator with the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health, said 988 “provides an easy to remember three-digit number for someone to use when they’re in crisis or when they’re in emotional distress.”


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