US government set up three digit hotline for suicidals
US Federal Government is going to introduce a new hotline. This is a three digit hotline which people can use when they feel suicidal. People would be able to dial 988 to speak with a counselor just as dialing 911 for emergencies.
The current line for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255). This number received more than 2 million calls last year. The callers were directed to more than 100 crisis centers through this number. But long numbers are hard to remember. So it consumes more time to contact in an emergency. The three digit number is beneficial because its much easier to remember, And also can be dialed more quickly in a serious situation.
The process is still in progress and will take months to finalize, but the good news is that the first steps have been taken.
In the state of Ohio and many other states suicides have become a leading cause of deaths. In Ohio along it has been the 11th leading cause of death for all ages.In Ohio suicides by preteens aged 10 to 14 have increased by 56% between 2007 to 2018. For the others between 15 to 34 it has been the second leading cause of death.
Source – Report on state suicide rates
In this situation the Federal Communications Commission says that a simple and shorter hotline number could be a game changer.