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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

FCC Approves 988 as Suicide Hotline Number

Jennifer Weaver
Originally posted 16 July 20

A three-digit number to connect to suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors has been approved.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to make 988 the number people can call to be connected directly to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Phone service providers have until July 2022 to implement the new number. The 10-digit number is currently 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).