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TechnologyFCC proposes '988' for quick access to national suicide prevention line

20:50  15 august  2019
20:50  15 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We can all help prevent suicide . The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA.

The FCC wants accessing a national suicide prevention line to be as simple as dialing 988. In a report sent to Congress today, staff members recommend that the FCC designate 988 as the 3-digit dialing code for a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

FCC proposes '988' for quick access to national suicide prevention line

Those services are already provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, but users must dial a 10-digit number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). In 2018, Lifeline counselors answered over 2.2 million calls and 100,000 online chats. But the FCC's report, which was mandated by the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, found that a 3-digit number "would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources."

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is the nation 's suicide hotline. Its website also provides information on Click here to access the Lifeline Gallery: Stories of Hope and Recovery. A strong public health mission of the Center of Excellence for Suicide

Suicide Prevention . Whatever the reasons for considering suicide , PSU wants to help you find hope and a way to cope with your problems. The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) offers professional counseling and medical staff who can help you find your own reasons to stay alive.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he plans to move forward with this recommendation. "There is a suicide epidemic in this country, and it is disproportionately affecting at-risk populations, including our veterans and LGBTQ youth," he said. "Crisis call centers have been shown to save lives." While many (from Facebook to Canada and universities) have discussed using AI and social media to prevent suicide, a 3-digit hotline number could be another tool.

Anyone in need of suicide prevention can dial 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

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Facebook says it's doing more to prevent suicide and self-harm.
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, Facebook shared three additional steps it's taking to prevent suicide and self-harm. On top of changes Facebook made in the past year, the company says it's hiring a health and well-being expert to join its safety policy team. Facebook plans to share its social media monitoring tool, CrowdTangle, with select academic researchers who will explore how Facebook and Instagram can further advance suicide prevention. And the company is including Orygen's #chatsafe guidelines in Facebook's Safety Center and in resources on Instagram when someone searches for suicide or self-injury content.

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