988 - Universal Number for Suicide Prevention LifeLine

DID YOU KNOW? President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a bipartisan bill that will make 9-8-8 the universal telephone number to reach the national suicide prevention hotline starting in 2022.

This is vitally important to us at EveryWarrior because of the fact that we have seen a drastic increase in military suicides nationally, regardless or branch of service, both among those currently serving as well as our veteran communities. While we work to eradicate the very thought of suicide, having this designation as one more layer of protection for those in crisis is a giant leap forward in ensuring our Warriors are protected.

A RECENT CNN ARTICLE STATES:
The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which passed the House of Representatives last month after approval from the Senate and the Federal Communications Commission, will allow individuals seeking help to dial the three-digit number and be directed to the hotline.

Currently, the hotline is accessible by the 10-digit number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Suicidal ideation is up among young people since last year, with as many as one in four people ages 18 through 24 having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days preceding a survey released in August by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the general US population, the CDC reported that 11% of adults surveyed had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days before they completed the survey. Among those identifying as Black or Hispanic, the numbers were worse: 19% of Hispanics reported suicidal ideation and 15% of Blacks reported suicidal thoughts.

To get help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

Excerpts of this article were taken from the following article from CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/17/politics/national-suicide-hotline-988-trump-signs-law/index.html
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