The Veterans Crisis Line has a new toll-free, three-digit dialing code to make it easier for individuals to access confidential help in a mental health emergency.

Veterans, their families and friends can dial 988 and press 1 to be connected with trained counselors. The new three-digit code went live nationwide in July, helping make it easier to remember and share in times of need.

The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, 1-800-273-8255, remains available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

Veterans can also reach the Veterans Crisis Line through chat at and via text at 838255.