NAMI Applauds FCC Leadership On 9-8-8 Crisis Number
This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.
NAMI applauds Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC for their leadership on this issue and strongly supports the creation of a national 3-digit number as an essential part of a network of services and supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, and other crisis lines are an essential link in that network. By creating a simple, easy-to-remember 3-digit number, NAMI believes it will improve access to life-saving resources.
As an alliance of over 640 state and local organizations, NAMI advocates to improve access to community-based mental health treatment for people experiencing mental health crises. The creation of a 3-digit number is a critical component to ensuring people in crisis are diverted from involvement in the criminal justice system and connected to appropriate services and supports.
“If you are in a car accident, you don’t have to remember a 10-digit number to get immediate help – a mental health emergency should be no different,” said Angela Kimball, acting CEO of NAMI. “That’s why NAMI has added its voice to advocate for a creation of a nationwide ‘9-8-8’ number which could mean the difference between life and death by diverting people from the criminal justice system and instead get them the right care when they need it most.”