FCC Votes to Set up Three-Digit Suicide Hotline Number like 911

December 20, 2019

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PBS NewsHour

Crisis services will soon be accessible via a three-digit number. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to designate 988 as the national crisis hotline number. The 3-digit dialing code will replace the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s current 10-digit number. Regulators hope the change will make it easier for people to get help and reduce prejudice against people with mental health issues. “Three-digit access to crisis services represents a national recognition that seeking help for behavioral health and suicidal crisis is just as much a part of life as seeking help for fire, for injury, or for other health and wellness needs,” according to Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life.

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