Government proposes three-digit number for suicide help
With suicides on the rise , the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. In Hawaii, a study shows deaths from suicide, drugs, and alcohol have been on a steady incline in the last decade.
Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year.
A law passed last year required the Federal Communications Commission to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention, like 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. The FCC says in a Wednesday report that there is "overwhelming support" for a three-digit number because it would be easier for distressed people to get help.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he intends to start the process to make that happen.
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, below are contacts for assistance.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Mental Health Crisis Line
Oahu - 808-832-3100
Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Maui, Hawaii - 800-753-6879
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