FCC approves new 3-digit national suicide hotline

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(CNN) – The US will have a three-digit suicide hotline within two years.

The Federal Communications Commission is authorizing 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Right now, callers have to dial a 10-digit number.

At least one FCC commissioner laments that the new hotline won’t allow for texting.

Suicide is a growing public health concern as Americans grapple with the pandemic, the economy and civil unrest.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255.

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