Push is on for 3-Digit Suicide Hotline
It’s common knowledge to call 911 if someone is having a heart attack. However, a person might have to look up or remember a 10-digit number if they are experiencing a mental health crisis. In situations like this, minutes can really matter, and it is so important to connect someone with support as soon as possible.
That’s why NAMI Minnesota supports federal legislation to create one, easy to remember three-digit number (proposed as 988) in order to access nationwide suicide prevention lifelines. This will make it easier for people experiencing a mental health crisis to access lifesaving support.
Bipartisan bills have been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate to create a national hotline, with the Federal Communications Commission also approving rulemaking to create such a hotline. Thank you to all the NAMI advocates who contacted their congressional delegation to support H.R. 4194 and S. 2661. Thanks to these efforts, both Rep. Craig and Rep. Emmer have signed on as co-sponsors.