Reasons to Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Life can get challenging, and it can feel overwhelming sometimes. People connect with 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to get support with a lot of things, including: 

🫶 Thoughts of self-harm and other associated behaviors 
🫶 Drinking and drug use 
🫶 Feeling depressed or anxious 
🫶 Identity 
🫶 Mental and physical illness 
🫶 Loneliness 
🫶 Trauma 
🫶 Relationships 
🫶 Economic worries, and more

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Transcript: Did you know that the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline not there just for a crisis?  People call, text, and chat to discuss about a variety of different needs. Everyone has a different mental health journey and life experiences. Common reasons for calling 9-8-8 can include: Relationships, Trauma, Identity struggles, Loneliness, Drinking too much or drug use, Feeling depressed or anxious, and more. Whatever your reason, 9-8-8 is there to help, available in ASL directly with a trained counselor. [The screen fades to show a thumbnail of a faded white background of a doctor holding hands with another individual] Deaf. Healthy. DeafHealth. Learn more at www.deafhealthaccess.org.] 

What Deaf Callers Can Expect When Calling 988

Ever wonder what happens when you dial 9-8-8? Join DeafLEAD and DeafHealth in a conversation about 988 Lifeline, the three digit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provided by the federal government. Have more questions for us? Comment below! 

DeafHealth advocates for access in healthcare and Deaf LEAD provides a safe space for anyone in need of support. Deaf LEAD provides 24/7 crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, interpreting, and mental health support services.  

*We are creating a space to have safe discussions about difficult topics. If you have comments, please share with respect and consideration to others. Today, we are grateful to have accessible services like National Deaf Therapy, Deaf LEAD, Deaf Counseling Center, and more. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to support services such as your physician, the local ER, or the 988 hotline in ASL (https://988lifeline.org/ and click ASL NOW). 

Stay Informed in ASL: We’ve got you covered! Sign up with your email at deafhealthaccess.org/sign-up or follow us on social media for new and current health updates. 

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(Aylah) I’m having a difficult time with a few life changes right now. I’m thinking about contacting 9-8-8 for support. I’m not sure what to expect... (Jovanna)I completely understand. DeafLEAD has trained crisis counselors ready to provide assistance and resources. Give us a call, I'll show you how it works. (Aylah gets on the computer and the screen shows her going online to www.988lifeline.org (or call/text) and going on the “for Deaf & Hard of Hearing” and scrolling down to click the bottom with “ASL NOW”) (Jovanna) As you can see, you can easily connect with a trained crisis counselor fluent in ASL. You do not have to share any information about your name or location. All information is entirely confidential. (Aylah) That’s good to know, what do I do now? (Jovanna) You take the lead! We listen to you, share empathy, and provide support or resources as needed. (Aylah) I know others who are struggling as well. Can I recommend 9-8-8 as a resource for them? (Jovanna) Yes, please share this resource! This resource is available nationwide for Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, DeafBlind, and ASL users. (Aylah) Thank you so much! This is really a valuable resource and so easy to remember. 9-8-8. Thanks! 

988 Available in American Sign Language

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Made possible by Direct Video Calling (DVC) technology, any Deaf or hard of hearing individual can contact www.988lifeline.org directly in American Sign Language by dialing 9-8-8. 

If someone is experiencing difficult thoughts, a mental health crisis, or a substance abuse crisis, they can access the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in several ways to receive support:  

1. Videophone: Dial 988 on your VP.*  

2. Desktop or Laptop: Visit 988’s webpage for Deaf and Hard of Hearing users (https://988lifeline.org/help-yourself/for-deaf-hard-of-hearing/) and scroll down to find the ASL Now button.  

3. Chat or Text: Visit 988’s webpage for chat and text (https://988lifeline.org/chat/) and follow the instructions to start a conversation with your preferred chat method.  

*Make sure that your videophone is updated. Need help on how to update your software and platforms? Please contact your videophone provider through their customer care team, such as Sorenson, Purple, Convo, and ZVRS.

Stay Informed in ASL: We’ve got you covered! Sign up with your email at deafhealthaccess.org/sign-up or follow us on social media for new and current health updates. 

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Transcript: What is 988? It’s the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline service provided by the federal government for free. If you need support when you are facing difficult thoughts and emotions, mental health struggles, or substance abuse crises, 988 is available to support you. You can call or text 988 anytime. 988 is available 24/7! Wonderful, right? How do you connect with a crisis counselor directly in ASL? You can connect with them online by visiting the website and clicking on ASL Now. It is your choice if you want to chat, text, or use a videophone. Heads up! Make sure your videophone is upgraded and up-to-date to be able to easily connect with an ASL counselor directly. If you have not updated your VP yet and you call, you will connect with a VRS interpreter, and then you will be directed to an ASL counselor. But, if you update your VP, you will be able to easily connect to the ASL counselor directly. [The screen fades to show a thumbnail of a faded white background of a doctor holding hands with another individual] Deaf. Healthy. DeafHealth. Learn more at www.deafhealthaccess.org.]