Suicide Prevention Line Approval – Means a Call To Action for YOU!
Advancing 9-8-8 can’t wait.
This easy-to-access, nationwide 3-digit emergency number (9-8-8) will help people in a mental health crisis.* And it’s close to becoming a reality.
The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted in July to designate 9-8-8 as the universal three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline* by July 2022. Now, we need Congress to act to make mental health services available when someone calls for help.
While the House and Senate have both passed similar (but not identical) bills to make resources for 9-8-8 available, the House must pass S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, to get this over the finish line. This bill will help ensure that when a person is in a mental health crisis, their community has the resources to connect them to mental health support instead of the back of a police car. “Find your representative here”
The need is urgent. More than half of people in the U.S. report that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health, increasing demand for mental health helplines and hotlines across the country.
9-8-8 can’t wait.
Congress needs to act. TODAY (September 15) is a National Day of Action to call on Congress to act on 9-8-8, and your Representative needs to hear from you.
Ask your Representative to urge House leadership to pass S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.
Take action today
*Please note that “9-8-8” is not currently available, but help is available now if you or somebody you know is in mental health crisis. Text “NAMI” to 741741 or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This bill will make the Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number an easy-to-remember 3 digits.