A new and straightforward way to get help for anyone who is experiencing a mental health crisis or hurting themselves will be coming in July 2022, adding an easier way to get emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Similar to the National 9-1-1 program that is designed to provide an universal, easy-to-remember number for people to reach police, fire or emergency medical assistance from any phone in any location, President Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 (S.2661) into law on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
(S.2661) Bill Summary Excerpt:
- FCC to designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline
- HHS and the VA reports on how to make the use of 9-8-8 operational and effective across the country
- HHS to develop a strategy to provide access to competent, specialized services for high-risk populations such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth; minorities; and rural individuals
(Source: Library of Congress)
This legislation supports the implementation of the new three-digit number 9-8-8 with anyone wishing to connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This new shortened phone number allows a person in crisis to connect with someone at the Lifeline faster than dialing the full number and will be easier to remember. The 24/7 Lifeline is a national network that provides free and confidential emotional support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. The current phone number will remain accessible during and after the transition into the three-digit number.
In the U.S., the CDC website states that, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. Suicide prevention efforts continue to bring alternative solutions and support to individuals and family members. Use your favorite search engine website to find a local resource close to you or use the information on the list below for further information.
Suicide Prevention Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 for confidential help 24 hours a day
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | AFSP
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | SAMHSA
We’ll provide further updates as we hear about them. Look for the planned implementation of this new service in July 2022.
If you feel like you are in immediate risk of suicide or need information, please do not feel like you are alone. Contact someone. Get help!
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Opinions Generated, Humanely Curated, and Digitally Posted By David Warner, Blog Editor