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. “
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.