Skip to comments.Trump Admin Prepares Revamp of Suicide Crisis Hotline
Posted on 06/28/2020 5:04:40 AM PDT by CheshireTheCat
Administration leaders are moving to curb the nation's exploding suicide crisis through a new, three-digit number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai expects to designate 988 as a special code to connect people quickly and easily to the lifeline, he told the Washington Free Beacon in an interviewa response to the two-decade surge in suicide deaths that Pai called "stunning" and "epidemic."
The change will be voted on by the full FCC at its July 16 open meeting and is expected to pass unanimously, one FCC staffer told the Free Beacon. The new code will easily direct callers to the 10-digit line currently operated by a network of publicly funded crisis centers that provide immediate counseling, mental health referrals, and emergency services to people contemplating suicide.
A suicide hotline short code, under consideration for two years, has been widely supported by suicide expertsand has grown increasingly salient as the coronavirus crisis has driven up calls for help. At the same time, those same experts have cautioned that expanded accessibility of the already overtaxed crisis hotline must be paired with more fundingDr. Bart Andrews, a board member at the American Association of Suicidology, told the Free Beacon that current funding levels are "completely insufficient to meet the need that 988 will create."
That makes Pai and allies' move a much-needed, but likely insufficient, first step in slowing the rise of America's suicide crisis. It also puts the ball in Congress's court to ensure that increased demand for the suicide hotline is met with appropriate resources....
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Why not just put it in as the last option on state unemployment office and federal PPP filing phone response decision trees?
“exploding suicide crisis “
What are the numbers to support that statement?
This is great news for Biden supporters
I’d rather that my tax money goes to better crisis intervention initiatives, family and youth counselling services, and other such things as opposed to intrusive and ineffective gun control.
“American Association of Suicidology”: I had never heard of that organization before - how do they distinguish it from the Democratic Party?
Stop the 600,000 h1bs that were just imported to take jobs from our sons and daughters. Give them purpose and hope.
Make that permanent. The entire H, J and L visa scam is an insult to the intelligence of the average American. It should be illegal under the equal protection clause.
Hillary will find this very helpful.
I’d like to think that the Trump Administration is trying to beef up the National Suicide Hotline so it can do a good job of separating out truly troubled people from demonrats who fear Trump winning again so that the latter group can be funneled to people who can say, “There, there. It won’t really be the end of the world when Trump wins. Life will go on, if you choose for it to.”
So Misunderstood too.
I dont know if people who are desperate enough to kill themselves will decide to call a random person on a recorded line to have them talked out of it.
I would think a call to a minister would be a more likely choice.
Is there an American Association of Boogerology?
So is this why Susan Rice tweeted out the suicide number yesterday???
I think that the meme with Hillary rang a bell.
Hill,:..suicide hot line?
Hill: I would like to place an order.
Can someone post the meme...thanks in advance
If Trump thought of the idea, the dems will reject it.
Let's go camping!