We read with interest the editorial in the Aug. 19 New Mexican (“Changing suicide hotline number would save lives,” Our View, Aug. 19).
The article supported a possible change by the Federal Communications Commission from the current 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number to a simple “988” phone number.Just as there is a 911 number to call for help, there soon could be a 988 number to call for suicide prevention. With suicides on the rise, we need to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. This change could potentially save a life.
Although there is overwhelming support for a three-digit number, it might take months to approve and implement. In the meantime, if you are struggling with negative thoughts or suicidal feelings, you can still call 800-273-8255 or our own New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 855-NMCRISIS (662-7474).
Betty Sisneros Shover
President, NAMI Santa Fe
Board of directors, NAMI Santa Fe