Have the national suicide lifeline pre-programmed on all cellphones; just like 911.
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Suicide rates have been on the increase since 1999. Suicide rates have increase in every state and as a result almost 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016 according to the CDC.
What we will not know is if those people had the opportunity to speak to someone immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a number where anyone can call when one is in distress but, what if you don’t know the 800 number? What if your situation will prevent you from searching the number?
I am proposing that a three digit number like 911 be created and become a default number on all cellphones. Perhaps, a number that is easy to remember and everyone get to know it. Hopefully in that manner, instead for searching or trying to remember the number, one picks up a phone, dials for help and the only difference is that when the number is dialed, a person is immediately connected to someone that is prepared to listen not someone asking “what is your emergency”.
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