FCC Recommends Designating 988 As The 3-Digit Number For A National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

The FCC sent a report to Congress today which recommends that the Commission consider designating 988 as the 3-digit dialing code to be used for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The report finds that such a 3-digit number “would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.

"There is a suicide epidemic in this country, and it is disproportionately affecting at-risk populations, including our Veterans and LGBTQ youth,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Crisis call centers have been shown to save lives. This report recommends using a three-digit number to make it easier to access the critical suicide prevention and mental health services these call centers provide. I intend to move forward on this recommendation. In the meantime, my heart goes out to anyone facing a crisis. I hope they will contact 1-800-273-TALK for support today.

Suicide is a horrific and terrifying issue that impacts all individuals throughout the country and the need for support is greater than ever, especially for members of the LGBTQ community.

According to the Trevor Project: