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Fact Sheet Mental Health and Well-Being

What to Know About “988,” A New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number

October 21, 2020


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a two-year rollout of a new, easy-to-remember number—988—that callers can use to connect to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This fact sheet addresses 988’s key features, including why it was adopted, current suicide trends and risks, covered provider obligations and timing, and some key features of recent supportive legislation.