WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) – Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Chris Stewart are working with the Federal Communications Commission on the final stages of an updated suicide hotline designation.

Hatch and Stewart submitted a letter Monday urging the commission to designate “611” as the national suicide hotline.

As the comment period ends, the FCC will make a recommendation for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

The lawmakers insist that a more accessible and user-friendly national suicide hotline is a pressing national issue.

“We believe 611 is a simple, easy-to-remember number and is the best option for the three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This undertaking is of utmost national importance. This simple change can connect millions of Americans with life-saving resources, including veterans that find themselves in crisis.”

Read the entire letter

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act was passed and signed by President Donald Trump in August.  The bill’s main purpose is to designate a new national 3-digit dialing code – similar to 911 – to be used for a mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline.

If you or someone you know needs help, there’s the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit utahsuicideprevention.org.