Suicide in Canada and the United States is a healthcare emergency with self-harm approaching an epidemic level among certain demographic groups. PatientProtection.Healthcare strongly supports the adoption of a 988 designated number for suicide prevention. It should follow the model recommended by the U.S. FCC, in the same way as the current 911 system was developed in the U.S. and adopted in Canada.
This three digit N11 system can save lives by making support services easier to recall and access. In times of personal crisis, seconds make all the difference. We need lawmakers, telecom regulators and phone companies, and advocates to move this life-saving idea forward without delay.
On Twitter show your support by using this hashtag: #Bring988toCanada.
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