988 will now offer a lifeline through American Sign Language, too
A year after the creation of 988, the suicide and crisis lifeline will now be accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Those who speak American Sign Language will soon have life saving intervention a phone call away.
In July 2022, the bulky 10-digit National Suicide and Crisis Hotline was shortened to 988. A year later, the line can now be accessed with American Sign Language.
DeafLEAD, an organization in Columbia, Missouri, that provides comprehensive support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, will be one of the organizations providing this crisis support through 988.
DeafLEAD CEO Stephanie Logan says that her life goal has been to give back a small measure of the same support she received after she went deaf at 23.
"Providing equitable services for different cultures, different languages — it's not a privilege, it should be a right of all individuals," Logan said.
- Dr. Stephanie Logan, CEO, DeafLEAD
- Robbie Phillips, Senior Director of community services, University Health