FROM USA TODAY:
The Thursday release from the Federal Communications Commission says formal rule-making on the 988 number has begun — it’s a process that started with a congressional statute in 2018 and was the subject of an FCC report released in August.
So far, the FCC has only proposed requiring all telephone service providers to accommodate the 988 number within 18 months. The next step is a comment period on the implementation, including the project’s timeframe.
more than 47,000 Americans killed themselves in 2017, citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Since 1999, the suicide rate has climbed 33 percent.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is often called a public health emergency.
“There’s been so much more put into every one of those causes of death than suicide. … If you didn’t do anything for heart disease and you didn’t do anything for cancer, then you’d see those rates rise, too.” John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, told USA TODAY last year.
Public health experts say suicide is preventable.
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255