T-Mobile Network Provides Support For Mental Health Service With Hotline 988
T-Mobile has declared that it has activated the new 988 emergency hotline for free mental health services nationwide. The Un-carrier noted that T-Mobile is the first network carrier to open the new emergency lifeline number to customers.
The Federal Communications Commission decided in June to institute 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. Its goal is to help address suicide and mental health crisis; by connecting customers to a network of around 180 local and state-funded crisis centers.
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Abdul Saad, T-Mobile’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, said activating the hotline was a matter of urgency for the company; especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, the FCC gave network providers until July 16, 2022 to implement the 988 hotline across the US. The hotline’s launch on T-Mobile’s network comes several months ahead of that deadline.
T-Mobile noted a recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that more than 48,000 individuals in the US commit suicide every year; with veterans hit hard in particular. The data showed that 17.6 veterans on average take their own lives every day. According to Saad, the timing of the 988 rollout this month aims to recognise the contributions and acknowledge the sacrifices of military veterans.
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