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US May Get A 3-Digit National Suicide Hotline Number

President Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 into law Tuesday.
Posted at 9:20 AM, Aug 15, 2018

The U.S. may soon get a three-digit national suicide hotline number. 

President Donald Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 into law on Tuesday. 

It requires the FCC to look into the feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code — like 911 — for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. 

The FCC will work with the departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs on the study. 

The three agencies will also have to analyze the effectiveness of the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

They've got until Aug. 14, 2019, to submit a report on the study.