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FCC approves new 3-digit number for National Suicide Hotline beginning in 2022

The new number will be 988
FCC approves new 3-digit number for National Suicide Hotline beginning in 2022
Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 16:19:59-04

The Federal Communications Commission voted and approved Thursday that the new National Suicide Hotline number beginning in July 2022 will be 988. The vote was passed unanimously, CNN reported. The current number is 1-800-273-8255 and it will still work after the new number goes into effect.

The new number will go into effect on July 16, 2022.

The new number will not come with a texting option, but the FCC will look into that capability if it becomes available, CNN reported.