National 988 Suicide Prevention Number Launching July 16, 2022

Community Updates

North Central Health Care is proud to continue supporting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline efforts and happy to share the launch of the national 988 Lifeline number on July 16, 2022.

When people anywhere in the U.S. call, text or chat 988, they will be connected to a Crisis Counselor in the National Suicide Prevention Network. Based on that callers area code, the Lifeline can then transfer to call to local Crisis Centers, like the North Central Health Care Crisis Center serving Marathon, Lincoln and Langlade counties. This 3-digit number will be easier to remember, and similar to 911 services, allow for faster access to potentially life-saving care and services.

988 is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress—whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

The NCHC Crisis Center is also directly accessible 24/7 by calling 1-800-799-0122 or 715.845.4236 and will continue to provide compassionate, accessible crisis care and support for our communities. 

For more information about local Crisis Services at NCHC, please visit For additional information about the 988 Lifeline, check out these great resources from SAMSHA.