FCC moves to make suicide hotline easier to call

Kimberly Adams Dec 16, 2019
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

FCC moves to make suicide hotline easier to call

Kimberly Adams Dec 16, 2019
Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images
HTML EMBED:
COPY

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide rates in the U.S. have been rising over the last decade in almost every state. Now the federal government wants to make it easier for people in need to ask for help.

The Federal Communications Commission is moving ahead with plans to designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention hotline, instead of the current 1-800 number. Experts hope a number that’s easier to remember may help address the rising suicide rate.

The proposal still has to go through comment periods and formal approvals, and Congress would need to appropriate the estimated $745 million needed to get the new number up and running.

In the meantime, those in distress can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.