Potential update ahead for suicide hotline

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(WTWO/NBC News) Congress has passed a bill that will update the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once signed by President Trump, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act will replace the current number, 1 (800) 273-8255, with a three-digit dialing code.

Advocates say the new number will be helpful not only to those calling for themselves, but for those helping others.

Still, not everyone supports changing the number.

Christina Crist, Executive Director at Team of Mercy in Terre Haute, Indiana, believes the change could be negative due to the widespread use of the current number.

“I know that I’ve worked very hard with plastering that number all over,” Crist says. “I have it in resources when people, it’s all over websites, you know, people get shirts made with that on the back of it.”

She says she understands the idea behind the bill, but thinks there are alternative solutions regarding the Suicide Hotline.

“Maybe adding something to it, but taking away something that we’ve had for years, I don’t see the benefit in that,” Crist said.

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