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FCC Seeks Input on Texting `988' for Suicide Prevention

April 22, 2021, 2:57 PM

Individuals would be allowed to text 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline under a proposal the Federal Communications Commission adopted Thursday.

The plan, adopted unanimously, seeks public input on requiring phone companies to enable text support to ‘988.’ The proposal builds on the agency’s efforts to designate a shortened, 911-like hotline to reach suicide prevention counselors, replacing replacing the existing number, 1-800-TALK.

“Traditional telephone calls are no longer native communications for many young people,” acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said before the vote. “It’s time to make the National Suicide Hotline text accessible for 988.”

The FCC last ...