FCC Recommends 3-Digit Number For Suicide Hotline
FCC RECOMMENDS REPLACING CURRENT 10-DIGIT SUICIDE HOTLINE NUMBER WITH A 3-DIGIT NUMBER
(CNN) – The Federal Communications Commission is recommending that Congress designate a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention hotline.
The FCC recommends the use of the digits 988, because it’s a shorter number that is easier to remember.
Currently, calls to the 10-digit suicide hotline number are routed to the closest certified crisis center.
Last year, counselors with the hotline answered over 2.2 million calls and over 100,000 online chats.