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New Law Establishes 988 As National Suicide Hotline

 Jo Yurcaba is a freelance writer specializing in mental health. Andrea Rice is an award-winning journalist and a freelance writer, editor, and fact checker specializing in health and wellness.

Getty Images Last week President Trump signed a law that will create a mental health emergency hotline at the number 988. The hotline will become active in 2022, and will replace1-800-273-8255 (TALK), which is the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Some experts say the change will help reach more people as calls to emotional support hotlines have increased in recent years, particularly during the pandemic. Others are wary it will place additional stress on crisis centers that are already overwhelmed and underfunded.

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