Prepare for Upcoming Veterans Crisis Line Transition to Dial 988

- 7/12/2022

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the    Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) national network. Veterans can currently reach VCL by calling the 10-digit Lifeline phone number, (1-800-273-8255), and then press 1 to be connected to responders trained to understand the unique needs and challenges of Veterans.


The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, signed into law in 2020, authorized 988 as the new three-digit number for the Lifeline. Because of VA's partnership with the Lifeline, VCL is affected by this transition to a new number.