If you’re a Veteran having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one, reach 24/7 crisis support through the new Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) number: Dial 988, then Press 1.
This shorter, three-digit number provides an easier-to-remember way to access the VCL.
Why did the VCL get a new number?
The change is a result of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The law authorized 988 as the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline). Under the law, all telephone service providers in the U.S. had to activate the number by July 16, 2022.
Because VA administers the VCL through the Lifeline’s national network, the service was affected by this transition.
What does the new number mean for me?
Since 2007, the VCL has supported millions of Veterans in crisis. This new, shorter number increases ease of access and clarity in times of crisis for both Veterans and supporters. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect.