Jaden Hossler, TikTok star and Sway House alumni, recently tweeted a three digit number and fans have been left confused.
The number, ‘988’ was followed by a heart and was tweeted on July 22nd by Jaden who regularly posts on Twitter.
‘988’ actually has a new, very important meaning, and Jaden was most likely sharing the number to raise awareness.
Read on to find out more.
What does 988 mean?
988 is the new number for The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which will be put into use in 2022.
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday 16th June to make 988 as the number Americans can call to be directed to the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline.
Having a shorter phone number, similar to 911 will make it easier and more accessible for Americans to reach out for help and support.
Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman said:
“Establishing the easy-to-remember 988 as the ‘911’ for suicide prevention and mental health services will make it easier for Americans in crisis to access the help they need.”
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE CONTENTS OF THIS ARTICLE:
If you are dealing with suicidal thoughts, please contact one of the helplines before for guidance and support.
0800 068 4141
Text Shout to 85258
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 | http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/