MADISON, Wis. — The new 9-8-8 Mental Health Crisis Hotline launched just over a week ago and has already seen a 45% increase in calls nationwide compared to the week before the launch.

The new number runs on the same system as the old 1-800-273-TALK suicide hotline but was transitioned in an effort to make it easier to remember. The number is now also available for anyone experiencing any type of mental health crisis, not just suicidal thoughts. People looking for help can also now text or chat online with counselors.