FCC proposes designating 988 as National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health hotline number

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Valley News - Health
WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission started the process of designating 988 as a new, nationwide, 3-digit number for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, Thursday, Dec. 12. This designation will help ease access to crisis services, reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions and ultimately save lives.The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes that calls made to 988 would be directed to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of 163 crisis centers that is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Currently, the Lifeline is available by calling (800) 273- 8255 and through online chats. In 2018, trained Lifeline counselors answere
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