NAMI Applauds 3–Digit Suicide Hotline Legislation

Sep 25, 2019

NAMI is thrilled by the introduction of H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This would make it easier for Americans experiencing a crisis to receive immediate and appropriate mental health support and referral.
A strong crisis response system is an essential part of every community’s strategy for mental health intervention and suicide prevention. When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis an immediate and effective response can be the difference between life and death. A 24/7 crisis hotline is the gateway to any crisis system and is a core service that should be available in every community.
The bipartisan bill is currently awaiting a vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Sept.17, NAMI sent a letter to the committee encouraging them to prioritize consideration of H.R. 4194. Still, more efforts are needed to demonstrate the importance of this legislation — and we need your help.
Contact your member of Congress. Ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. 

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