FCC Approves 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Number

This is amazing. And it's about time!

The FCC has approved a 3-digit number for the suicide prevention hotline, which was previously 1-800-273-TALK (made famous by rapper Logic via his hit song of the same name). Now seeking emergency mental health aid won't be a cumbersome google-ing process.

988 is the new number.

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"The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in crisis," says Dwight Holton, CEO of the non-profit suicide prevent organization Lines for Life. "No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency." (USA Today)

I wonder why this wasn't changed sooner?

Read more via USA Today.

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