Mental health care is just as important as physical health care and there is some evidence that one can affect the other. On July 16, 2022, a new mental health resource became available to anyone who needs it. Individuals can call or text 988 or chat on Lifeline (988lifeline.org) if they or someone they know is experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.
A call or text to 988 or chat on 988lifeline.org is free, confidential and compassionate. When calling 988, individuals can speak with a crisis counselor who will listen to their concerns, provide support and connect them to additional resources if needed.
In Los Angeles County, 911 and 988 will work together to create a better system of care for mental health crises. Mental health crisis-related calls to 911 will be sent to 988, and unless there is immediate danger, crisis calls requiring immediate care will result in the dispatch of a Mobile Crisis Unit. The Crisis Response System will work to make sure that those who require mental health care receive it.