988 suicide hotline launches: Hawaii joins nation with 3-digit number for mental health, substance use crises

  • In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. Quick help for suicidal thoughts and other mental health emergencies may soon be as easy as 9-8-8. The United States’ first nationwide three-digit mental health crisis hotline went live on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Hawaii joined the nation this weekend in adopting the new 988 dialing code for emergency calls pertaining to mental health and substance use.