On Saturday, President Trump signed into law a pair of bills designed to help prevent veteran suicide. Included, is the establishment of a new three-digit national crisis line, similar to 911, for mental health emergencies.
The first bill is the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. It designates 988 as the three-digit dialing number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It also establishes rules which require all telephone service providers to direct 988 calls to the Crisis Hotline.
The new three-digit number will be much easier for individuals in trouble to remember and thus connect with professionals that can help them.
According to the latest statistics from the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 servicemembers and veterans commit suicide every day. Thus, it was deemed imperative that more steps be taken by the federal government to assist veterans, servicemembers, and their families in proactive intervention services.