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Suicide Hotline Number

In this 2019 file photo, a man uses a cellphone in New Orleans. Federal regulators have made 988 the number to reach a suicide prevention hotline.

HUNTINGTON — A new phone number is set to become the new suicide prevention hotline in the United States starting July 16.

The number, 988, has the potential to be a game-changer for those dealing with mental health or a behavioral health crisis, according to people working in the space.

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