HHS Restores Service to 988 Suicide Hotline

Veterans are encouraged to use veteran-specific services.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) restored the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline late last week after an outage affected the service for several hours. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced the outage Thursday afternoon, and encouraged veterans seeking immediate help to access the lifeline via text or the web.

HHS spokesperson Sarah Lovenheim announced the restoration of the 988 hotline around midnight the same day, saying that the source of the issue stemmed from the contractor hired to run the hotline. “While HHS and VA immediately acted to provide support to 988 callers via text, chat, and alternate numbers, the disruption of phone service was unacceptable,” Spokesperson Lovenheim stated.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Becerra to seek God’s guidance as he heads the federal health department.
  • For discernment for Secretary McDonough as he leads Veterans Affairs.
  • That the many Americans struggling with depression and mental health issues will seek assistance.

Sources: Military.com, USNews


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