The suicide prevention hotline is adding a new number: 988.
On July 16, anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis will be able to call or text the new three-digit number to connect with someone for counseling. Previously, the suicide prevention hotline was 800-273-8255, but in October 2020, former President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan National Suicide Hotline Designation Act into affect to switch the number to the shorter 988.
The service will be receiving “$7.2 million in earmarked funding to provide specialized services to LGBTQ youth who reach out to the Lifeline” according to the Washington Post.
“I do think this is something that they need to resolve quickly, because they are going to get phone calls from LGBTQ young people,” said Jessica Fish, an assistant professor of family science at the University of Maryland.
Fish also mention to the Post that the hotline will be beneficial for the community because of the current wave of anti-LGBT legislation sweeping the country.