988 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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    988 is a national effort, organized at the state level to meet the growing need for crisis intervention and save lives. In July 2022, 988 became the national three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

    When you've got a medical emergency, you may call your doctor on-call, or go to a clinic, urgent care, or an emergency room. You may call the police, fire department or ambulance/rescue emergency, you may call 911.

    When you have a mental health or substance use emergency, many do not know who to call. You may call your doctor on-call for advice, you may call the police not knowing who else to call, you may go to an emergency room, you may call the Nebraska Family Helpline, you may call 911……but NOW you can call 988.

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    988 went LIVE nationally on July 16, 2022.

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    Call 888-866-8660

    The above video is a public service announcement being distributed across Nebraska about a new suicide prevention lifeline changing to a new, three-digit number, 988, on July 16th, 2022. Please share!

    Watch our video to learn what options you have when calling the Lifeline. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is here to help. There is hope. You are not alone.​​

    Local Outreach to Suicide Loss Survivors

    Nebraska Local Outreach to Suicide Loss Survivors (LOSS) is made up of volunteer teams called LOSS Teams. These teams are made up of trained clinicians and survivors of suicide loss that offer meaningful support, resources, and sources of hope to those that have lost a loved one to suicide. To connect with a LOSS Team go to: https://nebraskaloss.org/ 

    ​​News Releases

    Information for Partners

    988 Marketing Toolkit​


    Stakeholder Advisory/Workgroup Recommendations

    Stakeholder Meeting Schedule

    ​Presentation Dates Focus ​
    Registration Link
    September 19, 2022 2:00 pm Central Time
    ​A Look at 988 60 Days into Implementation​

    Past Meetings



    988 Implementation Coalition Members

    • Mike Klemme, Lifeline Center
    • Kristine Bosilijevac, Lifeline Center
    • Dave Sankey, Program Director, State 911 Department
    • Denise Bulling, NU-PPC Contractor
    • Ashley Miller, NU-PPC Contractor
    • Carrin Meadows, NAMI Nebraska, Consumer/Community Voice
    • Jolene Palmer, Nebraska Department of Education, Coordination with school efforts
    • Sheri Dawson, Division of Behavioral Health
    • Peg Ogea-Ginsburg, Division of Public Health
    • Dr. Don Belau, Ph.D. 
    • Brad Negrete, Lutheran Family Services 
    • Julia Hebensteit, Kim Foundation 
    • Kyle Kinney, Life Line Center, Boys Town
    • Philip Macdonald, Boys Town 
    • Todd Van Roy, Boys Town
    • Michelle Nunemaker, Division of Behavioral Health

    Additional Resources