Lawmakers considering new 3-digit national suicide prevention hotline
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) —
A new national mental health and suicide-prevention hotline could be in the works.
Lawmakers are considering a bill to create a three-digit suicide-prevention line, similar to 9-1-1.
It would replace the current hotline, 1-800-273-TALK, which some people say is hard to remember, especially for those experiencing an emergency.
Studies show when people use the hotline, the risk of suicide sharply drops.
Sponsors of the bill say a new three-digit hotline has strong bi-partisan support.
Two million people called the crisis line in 2017, up from 1.5 million in 2016.