About 988 in Louisiana

The 988 helpline provides emergency emotional support to Louisiana residents.

Anyone who reaches out to 988 in Louisiana will be immediately connected to 988 specialists at local call centers who will listen, provide support, and connect you with local resources. The helpline is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) launched the 988 helpline to make it easier for residents to get help when they need it. The new 3-digit number replaces the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Numerous studies have shown that the helpline works—most callers are significantly more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to a 988 specialist. And most receive the help they need, right there on the call.

Two in-state call centers answer 988 calls from Louisiana residents. One is located in Bossier City, and covers calls from north, central and southwest Louisiana. The other is located in New Orleans and covers calls for southeast Louisiana.

The 988 helpline is our commitment to ensuring everyone in Louisiana has access to quality emotional and mental health services—whether you’re experiencing issues around anxiety, depression, alcohol or drugs, thoughts of suicide, or anything in between. Every Louisianan deserves that.