Crisis services

If you or someone you care about is experiencing an emergency, CALL 911.

People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a trained counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. The service helps people contemplating suicide and facing mental health issues.

About 988

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to be operated through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. SAMHSA sees 988 as a first step towards a transformed crisis care system in America.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

About 988 in Minnesota

  • The Lifeline is a national network of over 200 call centers. Minnesota has four Lifeline centers that connect callers to nearby or state-specific resources and services quickly and efficiently.
  • Minnesota calls may be routed to the Lifeline’s national back-up centers when the four call centers are at capacity. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has several back-up centers that answer the overflow of calls from across the country. This will not change level of service.
  • Interpretation services are available through calling the number. Currently, chat and text are only available in English.

To reach the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 988 and press 1. Calls will route to the same trained Veterans Crisis Line responders. The Veterans Crisis Line will still be available by chat ( and text (838255).

Minnesota Department of Health-988

Chat with a Crisis Counselor: 988 Chat