FCC to vote next month on final rules to designate 988 as suicide prevention hotline

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on the final rules for designating 988 as a three-digit number for suicide prevention and mental health hotlines across the United States,media CNET reported. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday that a final vote will take place on July 16.

“The 988 hotline will save lives,” Pai said in a federal communications commission press release. “Helping Americans in crisis connect to a counselor trained in suicide prevention is one of the most important things we can do at the FCC. “

FCC to vote next month on final rules to designate 988 as suicide prevention hotline

The rules introduced last year would require all phone companies to transfer their phones to the 988 To National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, currently reached at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). If the ruleises, the telephone provider will have until July 16, 2020 to convert.

The FCC says the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number 1-800 will continue to operate during and after the transition.