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.

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