NYS Senator Wants To Establish A Short Suicide Helpline Number | WAMC

NYS Senator Wants To Establish A Short Suicide Helpline Number

May 23, 2020

A New York state senator is renewing his call to establish a three-digit suicide hotline number.

Democratic state Senator David Carlucci says it’s time to create a suicide hotline number along the lines of 9-1-1. He has sponsored legislation to establish 9-8-8 and wants it enacted to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. He cites a New York City emergency room doctor who died by suicide as one of many examples of the need for such a hotline. Carlucci believes by simplifying an 11-digit number, people will more easily recall it in a crisis. Hudson Valley Democrat James Skoufis is one of two Senate co-sponsors. Democrat Carmen Arroyo sponsors the bill in the Assembly.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK.

New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at (844) 863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services.