Published July 16, 2022, Saturday

Today, Washington State joins the rest of the United States in using the 988 dialing code, the new three-digit number for call, text, or chat that connects the caller to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL).

Fact | There are 8 million people in the U.S. with PTSD.

Anyone having thoughts of suicide, mental or health substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress may call this number to receive immediate help.

Credit: Ellensburg PD

If you have a loved one you are concerned about and may need crisis support, you can call this phone number as well.

We truly care for each and every one of you and wish to share with you how much you mean to us by reaching out if you think you are having any type of mental health, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, or ending everything.

We know there are a lot of bad things you may have seen, heard, or witnessed and you feel there are a lot of expectations weighing heavy on your shoulders – PLEASE WAIT! You mean the world to us and to so many you may not expect to care but there are!


First Responders, including Dispatchers, Fire, EMS, Medics, Police Officers, and Incident Responders may use other recommended (from various sources) resources:

Safe Call Now. Safe Call Now is a comprehensive CONFIDENTIAL 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel, and their family members nationwide. 206-459-3020

National Fire Emergency Responder & Public Safety Center – EMS HelpLine. A CONFIDENTIAL 24-hour helpline was created for first responders in the fire service along with their families. 1-888-731-3473

COPLINE. This is an international Law Enforcement Officers’ Hotline, enabling cops to talk to cops who truly understand. 1-800-267-5463

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