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house Bill H.R. 2345

Should the National Suicide Prevention Lifelife’s 1-800 Number be Shortened to a Three-Digit Code Like 911?

Argument in favor

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an important and effective resource for preventing suicide, and it should be made as accessible as possible. This includes making sure that its number is as easy to remember as possible.

Thomas's Opinion
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07/23/2018
As someone who suffers from severe depression, I can tell you that when you are in a crisis situation you are not in the state of mind needed to find the 800 number. An easy to remember 3 digit number could help a lot of people and even save lives.
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VainORMS's Opinion
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07/23/2018
When persons are in a crisis situation, their wherewithal doesn’t work appropriately. Shortening the suicide helpline makes sense.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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07/23/2018
Finally some real common sense legislation that should be bi-partisan. Creating a mass PSA to market the new 3 digit # could easily overcome any learning curve, especially with social media. And people under stress could more easily remember a 3 digit# more than an 800 crisis line one, as well as a large segment of the population who would refer others because they’d remember it more easily. 911 is universal, as would this # be after overcoming a short learning curve.
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Argument opposed

Based on the two million people who called last year, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s current 1-800 number works for people who want to reach it. Additionally, changing the number after years of publicizing it could create confusion.

Ryanwhitney's Opinion
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07/23/2018
Not unless the old number is still supported. I would support this if the original number continues to be maintained.
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Laurie's Opinion
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07/24/2018
No. There are too many stressed out police departments. The Repubgnants will never allocate the money for that. They don’t want to save any lives as far as I can see.
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James 's Opinion
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07/23/2018
This can best be handled by local communities
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bill Progress


  • EnactedAugust 14th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed August 1st, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed July 23rd, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 379 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Communications and Technology
    IntroducedMay 3rd, 2017

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    As someone who suffers from severe depression, I can tell you that when you are in a crisis situation you are not in the state of mind needed to find the 800 number. An easy to remember 3 digit number could help a lot of people and even save lives.
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    Not unless the old number is still supported. I would support this if the original number continues to be maintained.
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    When persons are in a crisis situation, their wherewithal doesn’t work appropriately. Shortening the suicide helpline makes sense.
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    Finally some real common sense legislation that should be bi-partisan. Creating a mass PSA to market the new 3 digit # could easily overcome any learning curve, especially with social media. And people under stress could more easily remember a 3 digit# more than an 800 crisis line one, as well as a large segment of the population who would refer others because they’d remember it more easily. 911 is universal, as would this # be after overcoming a short learning curve.
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    The easier and quicker it is to find help the better.
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    This seems like a great idea that wouldn’t cost taxpayers much money at all...
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    SHOCKED!!! by the response from Jeremy in the "Nay" column. What a HORRIBLE person you are!! People who commit suicide are NOT selfish nor idiots...that would be reserved for YOU!! People that commit suicide or contemplate suicide think their self worth is nothing because of people like Jeremy! Evidently Jeremy has not lost a loved one...and has NO empathy whatsoever!
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    Terrific idea! How about shortening a code for drug overdoses too?
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    This sounds like a good idea, however, shouldn't it be the state that's responsible for the hotline? Kinda hard to prevent a suicide 4000 miles away. There should be a way to link back to local emergency services.
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    This would be s terrific idea. Anytime someone is in distress time is imperative Dialing less numbers can relive the enormous stress is going thru andthose few seconds saved will get that person the help they need faster and it could even save a life
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    767 = SOS
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    YES! Let’s make this more accessible to people in need! Keeping it short and memorable will help improve chances of people reaching out and will make it memorable for those trying to help. This could save lives!
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    100% Yes. No question about it.
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    Additionally, if healthcare to help the folks who call in could be universally affordable! Also, it’s worth noting that after trump was elected, the call volume for the suicide prevention hotline tripled. And it is worth noting that the majority of callers were those who have experienced narcissistic abuse, and trump functions exactly like a narcissistic abuser. So, dear Republicans in Congress, do your legislative duty, and hold the executive branch accountable.
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    Though it will take funding to implement and to sort calls by areas, regions or states, the simplicity would seem worth the cost!
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    Anything that helps people who need it most. It harms no one to do this.
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    (Veterans Benefits) Suicide 911 Three Digits Dialing I’d support and recommend passage of a bill which would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to coordinate with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services and consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: 1) examine the feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code — like 911 — for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system and 2) assess the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s effectiveness, including how well it addresses the needs of veterans. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an important and effective resource for preventing suicide, and it should be made as accessible as possible. This includes making sure that its number is as easy to remember as possible. 7*23*18 ..........
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    A good step, but don’t want this used as an excuse to pretend we’re doing something about actually saving lives, which includes screening on their firearms/red flag measures and allowing for proper healthcare. I support this effort but not as an excuse, this should be supplemental to real solutions for dealing with suicide. Start with a public PSA that suicidal people do *not* just “go on to kill themselves some other way,” it’s an acute crisis and we can absolutely save lives by viewing it accurately as one.
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    Suicide is a a leading cause of death in the United States, and making its phone number a three digit option would symbolize that an equal amount of importance is placed on mental illness as those affected by physical ailments. Every child in the United States knows what 911 means, and they should know that there is a solution for their mental emergency too.
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    911 is literally a matter of life or death. Anything we can do that could possibly save even one life, we should absolutely do.
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