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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

9-8-8 is America's first 3-digit number dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis support.

It is a national portal for connecting to local services. 

The 988 lifeline provides an immediate and over-the-phone connection to compassionate, supportive, and accessible care for anyone experiencing mental-related distress, or those who are trying to help a loved one who's struggling. 

By calling or texting 988, you'll talk with a mental health professional with the Lifeline network.

Calls from Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito are answered by mental health professionals at Suicide Prevention Services of the Central Coast who listen, understand how problems are affecting callers, provide support, and connect them to resources if and when necessary.

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24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line
Call: 988
Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties for over 50 years


Calls to the Suicide Crisis Line are confidential, but we are required to report to outside agencies and/or get additional help in certain situations, including immediate risk of suicide or homicide and minor, elder, or dependent adult abuse or neglect.

Las llamadas a Suicide Crisis Line son confidenciales, pero estamos obligados a informar a agencias exteriores y de obtener ayuda adicional en ciertas situaciones, incluyendo riesgo inmediato de suicidio u homicidio al igual que abuso o descuido/abandono de algún menor, anciano y/ó un adulto dependiente.

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