This Saturday, July 16th, 2022, Montana will join every state across our nation in implementing the National 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This change comes as a result of trying to better assist those who are in crisis situations with their mental health. Montana Governor Greg Gianforte's announcement on the matter was met with praise across the state, including from Senator Steve Daines.

Is This the Same Lifeline as Before?

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Yes, it absolutely is. However, instead of remembering and dialing the 1-800 number, you can now just dial 988 to start the process. By doing so, you'll be connected to someone local to your current location, which is a part of a network of over 200 crisis centers across the United States.

Montana is a high-risk state for suicide; according to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, Montana has ranked in the top 5 for suicide rates in the country for the past 30 years. As a result, this new Lifeline change should help make things a little easier for those who need help.

Montana Lawmakers Praising This Change

Yesterday (07/12), Governor Greg Gianforte made the announcement promoting Montana's launch of the new Lifeline:

Thanks to heroic Montanans answering the call to serve others in crisis, this new 988 Lifeline number will help save lives. To any Montanan who might be struggling, know that you are not alone, and you can find folks ready to help by dialing 988.

Montana Senator Steve Daines praised this announcement and commended Gianforte on his work to bring help to Montanans:

Tragically, Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Thanks to the work of Governor Gianforte, this Saturday, Montana is launching the 988 Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Crisis Lifeline which will help address this crisis.

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You can find more information regarding this change on 988Lifeline.org. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will continue to be used as well as 988, so those who still want to use the old number can still call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You are not alone, and help is available for you.

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