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Stewart Calls for Action on Suicide Prevention

Washington, May 27, 2020
Washington, D.C.–Today, Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) spoke on the House floor urging his colleagues to pass National Suicide Hotline Designation Act under unanimous consent. This call for action comes after nearly three years of work raising awareness for the dire need of this easy to remember three-digit dialing code.

“This will save thousands of lives, especially now, in the midst of this other crisis that is creating so much emotional stress on so many Americans.

I’m asking Leadership: Bring it up. Finish it. Give us unanimous consent today. Let’s make this tool available to Americans who need the help.”

Watch the Congressman’s full remarks hereand below:

More Information on the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act:

This bi-partisan legislation designates “9-8-8” as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which currently operates through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.

This legislation authorizes states to collect a fee limited to supporting local crisis call centers that are affiliated within the national network or enhancements of such services. This allows states to fund the suicide hotline services similar to that of existing emergency services.

In addition, this legislation sets a deadline of one year for the FCC to complete the nationwide upgrade of the legacy switches to support 9-8-8. It also requests a report from the FCC to determine the feasibility of providing an automatic dispatchable location for 9-8-8 calls.

The Senate unanimously passed the companion bill,sponsored by Senator Gardner.

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