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FCC recommends designating '988' as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Posted at 11:46 AM, Aug 15, 2019

In a report to Congress Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission recommended designating a three-digit dialing code to assist those considering suicide.

According to a press release from the agency, the FCC recommended designating "988" as a nationwide code to connect those in need with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

"There is a suicide epidemic in this country, and it is disproportionately affecting at-risk populations, including our Veterans and LGBTQ youth," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. "Crisis call centers have been shown to save lives. This report recommends using a three-digit number to make it easier to access the critical suicide prevention and mental health services these call centers provide."

According to the FCC's report, a three-digit dial would likely make it easier for those considering suicide to remember the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The Lifeline is operated by the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).