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FCC to Vote to Establish 988 as Suicide Hotline

Suicide in America is at epidemic levels, particularly for vulnerable groups like veterans and youth. The Federal Communications Commission will vote at its July 16th meeting in Washington, D.C. on final rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for suicide prevention and mental health counseling.

If adopted, all telecommunications carriers and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol service providers will begin directing all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) and complete that transition within two years, by July 16, 2022.

During the two-year transition period, Americans in crisis should continue to contact the Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK and through online chats.

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