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H.R. 4194: National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2019

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Should there be a three-digit telephone code for help with suicidal thoughts, the way there’s a three-digit code for emergencies?


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall, with more than twice as many suicides as homicides in the U.S.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, more commonly called “the suicide hotline,” is a free service that began in 2005. Last year, the hotline took 2.2 million calls.

The phone number has achieved more prominence lately. A song about suicide with that title, by the rapper ...

Sponsor and status

Chris Stewart

Sponsor. Representative for Utah's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Aug 20, 2019

Introduced on Aug 20, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on August 20, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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What legislators are saying

Stewarts National Suicide Hotline Designation Act Passes Subcommittee
    — Rep. Chris Stewart [R-UT2] (Sponsor) on Mar 10, 2020

House Subcommittee Unanimously Advances Moultons 9-8-8 Mental Health Hotline Bill
    — Rep. Seth Moulton [D-MA6] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 10, 2020

Bipartisan Congressional Group Seeks Expedited Consideration Of Legislation To Implement 9-8-8 National Suicide Hotline
    — Rep. Donald Beyer [D-VA8] on Jan 17, 2020

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Aug 20, 2019

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Feb 27, 2020
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Mar 10, 2020
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