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FCC proposes designating 988 as national suicide prevention and mental health hotline number

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  1. [4]
    HoolaBoola
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    Even though I live on the other side of the world, I love this proposal. For me, it signifies that it's important, that just like with a broken leg, you can call the number for having suicidal...

    Even though I live on the other side of the world, I love this proposal. For me, it signifies that it's important, that just like with a broken leg, you can call the number for having suicidal thoughts etc.

    Having a long number that no one even remembers kind of feels like it's not that important.

    And, of course, the main benefit would probably be that it's so easy to remember.

    On the other hand, someone might feel discouraged to call 988 if they feel that it's too "official" or faceless, even if the person responding is the same as with a longer number.

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    1. Deimos
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      Agreed, I think it's a great proposal. There's a massive difference between someone already knowing the number they can call when they need to and needing to go on the internet and look it up. I...

      Agreed, I think it's a great proposal. There's a massive difference between someone already knowing the number they can call when they need to and needing to go on the internet and look it up. I hope this motivates other countries to consider doing something similar.

      6 votes
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      bloup
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      It's just too bad that, unlike a broken leg, depressed people aren't allowed to just take time off and recover. I wonder if depressed people would feel suicidal if there wasn't so much pressure on...

      It's just too bad that, unlike a broken leg, depressed people aren't allowed to just take time off and recover. I wonder if depressed people would feel suicidal if there wasn't so much pressure on overcoming as fast as possible what is essentially a sickness like any other. I know that's what drove me to my darkest moments.

      6 votes
      1. Omnicrola
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        OTOH, just speaking for myself, sometimes the social pressure of being expected to show up to work is there only reason I have gotten out of bed. And if I had stayed in bed, I would have just been...

        OTOH, just speaking for myself, sometimes the social pressure of being expected to show up to work is there only reason I have gotten out of bed. And if I had stayed in bed, I would have just been miserable thinking about how miserable I felt. So having a job gave be something distracting to do.

        Sometimes that isn't what I needed, but sometimes it is.

        5 votes