New Special Suicide Hotline Dropped For The United States

( Six months from now, a new emergency services number is set to go live to help people who are considering committing suicide. The number 988 will be available to call or text across the United States, giving people an opportunity to speak to somebody when they feel as though they are ready to end their life.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number will also remain. That old number is 800-273-8255 – which is significantly less memorable. That hasn’t stopped over 2.1 million people dialing the number in 2020 alone.

Officials expect that the easy-to-remember nature of the new number will likely result in an increase in calls, meaning that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is planning on extending its call center capacity over the next six months.

President Donald Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act into law back in late 2020, meaning that the new move is a direct result of the actions of the former president. States have had plenty of time to prepare for the implementation of the new phone number, which includes some fee measures in four states – Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Virginia.

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to the number of people who have considered taking their own lives.