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Monday, December 09, 2019

Suicide hotline may go to three digits
As the number of suicides increase in the US could three simple numbers could be the difference between life and death? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering making 988 as a new three-digit suicide prevention hotline number. Each year more than 47,000 people in the U.S. die by suicide,including 1,200 in Tennessee. If someone is contemplating suicide they can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for assistance at 1-800-273-TALK. The issue however is getting people to remember the 10 digit number in a time of crisis. "Often times when going through that type of stress, contemplating ending you own life, that person may not remember to google the number and they can be dealing with additional barriers to locate that number," says Brian Sullivan, Director of Public Relations at Addiction Campuses. He says shortening the hotline to the proposed three-digit number could save lives. The 988 number would work just like 911, connecting those who need help with resources.

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