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FCC Looking at Three Digit Number for National Suicide Helpline

Let’s hope this gets approved quickly, and makes it possible to have an easy to remember number for anyone to reach out during a crisis quickly. The need has already been demonstrated with the current number:


Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year.

Personally, i can’t wait for it to be as easy to remember as 911, or 411. If we can have a number that can make it easier for someone either needing help, or wanting to assist someone in need with calling, we might just save a few more of those folks, and we might even make a little dent in the stigma associated to mental health and suicide if there’s a number that reminds us all of how wide-spread those are.

In the mean time, keep an eye on the FCC and keep asking your representatives about it.

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