The FCC Plans to Establish a Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline Number

August 19, 2019

Suicide rates continue to rise in the United States, and people who are struggling with suicide deserve easier access to support. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has announced plans to establish a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. In response to the staff recommendation in 2018, the FCC aims to prevent suicide and suicide attempts by improving access to crisis call centers. The current suicide prevention hotline number is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). The three-digit hotline number will likely be 9-8-8.

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