Americans Who Are Deaf Can Now Use 988 Suicide Helpline | US News & World Report

The U.S. government’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is expanding its reach to help more people.

The crisis line has now launched services in American Sign Language (ASL) to help callers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The ASL services were launched on Friday, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Individuals across America who use ASL as their primary language can now readily access the support they need during a mental health crisis,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in an agency news release. “With the introduction of 988 ASL services, we are taking a significant stride forward in providing inclusive and accessible support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.”

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