Sen. Orrin Hatch is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make “611” the new national suicide prevention lifeline.
Hatch, along with Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), noted in a letter to FCC secretary Marlene Dortch that 611 is the only “undesignated, realistically available N11 number.”
“We firmly believe that making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline more accessible and user-friendly is such a press, national purpose,” they wrote. “Although it may be possible to designate an N11 number for dual purposes, we would oppose any such designation for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. An individual in crisis needs to speak with a crisis counselor as soon as possible.”
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is currently 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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