Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2020-10-17 22:18:58 –
(KGTV) — On Saturday, President Donald Trump signed a law authorizing the use of 9-8-8 as a universal phone number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline from 2022.
After being approved by the Senate and the Federal Communications Commission, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, passed by the US House of Representatives in September, allows individuals to have a three-digit 9-8 in contrast to the previous ten-digit hotline number. Allow dialing -8, currently 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), CNN reported.
The new number will come into effect in July 2022.
The bill allows states to collect fees aimed at ensuring that local crisis centers can support increased amounts, and allows federal health agencies to collect LGBTQ youth, minorities, and local counties. Instruct Congress to submit a report on strategies for improving support services for individuals. High risk of suicide.
The FCC estimates that in 2019, the cost of implementing a three-digit hotline in the first year will be about $ 570 million and in the second year it will be $ 175 million. However, officials emphasized that “the benefits of this action are very likely to outweigh the costs.”
The new number doesn’t come with a text message option, but the FCC announced in July that it would investigate its features when it becomes available.
Anyone in need of help right now can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and send a text message “HOME” to 741741 for the crisis line. Crisis support in Spanish is available at 1-888-628-9454.
CNN contributed to this report.