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FCC Proposes SMS for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Oct 28, 2021, 7:30 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

The FCC has proposed opening up the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for access by text message in addition to voice calls. The Lifeline is accessible by dialing 988. The proposal would let people send a text to 988 to reach emotional support. The Lifeline already supports text chat via the web. If the proposal passes an FCC vote next month, US wireless carriers would have until July 16th, 2022 to implement the routing for texts sent to 988.

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