In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to be operated through existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This provides a universal entry point so that no matter where you live, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help. This is a step towards a transformed crisis care system in America. 

What does this mean? On July 16, 2022, Vermont will join the rest of The United States in launching 988, the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This service will provide compassionate, accessible care and supports for anyone experiencing mental health related distress. Access is available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Source: United Counseling Service