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FCC Approves Plan to Make “988” New National Suicide Prevention Hotline Number

HeadlineJun 26, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission is finalizing plans to link the telephone number 988 to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. It’s just the third three-digit nationwide phone number, after 311 and 911, and supporters of the move say it will direct people in crisis to trained mental health professionals — rather than police. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. suicide rates are highest among veterans — more than 20 of whom die by suicide each day — while LGBTQ youth report they’re three times more likely than other young people to contemplate suicide.

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