A Truly Great Idea

A Truly Great Idea

A Truly Great Idea

Federal regulators announced Thursday a new three-digit number for the suicide prevention hotline that will make getting emergency mental health aid as easy as calling 911.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has used the 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Counselors answered more than 2.2 million calls last year at one of 163 crisis centers, but officials think the new number will make it easier for those in need to call for help.

The FCC has proposed requiring telephone service providers to accommodate the 988 number within 18 months.




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