On October 24, 2020 President Donald Trump signed into law The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which will make the three-digit number 9-8-8 the universal lifeline for mental health crisis and suicide prevention. The greatest telephonic innovation in public safety since 911, the bill was passed unanimously by both the U.S. House and Senate, and received a unanimous vote by the FCC which regulates the use of such numbers. The law, which was the product of years of clinical and technological research and public consultations, enjoys the whole-hearted support of top mental health experts and advocates. A bold and much needed move by the United States, now is the time to bring 988 to Canada.
Let’s get on with it and save lives!