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CEO David Guth’s Statement on FCC’s Hearing

David C. Guth, Jr., CEO of Centerstone, has issued a statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s Dec. 12 hearing suggesting 988 as a three-digit phone line for suicide prevention and mental health crisis response:

“We applaud the Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Ajit Pai for their on-going leadership to designate 988 as a national three-digit phone line for suicide prevention and mental health crisis response. The need for an easy-to-recall number like 988 during times of mental health crisis is more urgent than ever as suicides are on the rise in nearly all demographics across the nation. A dedicated three-digit  number for those experiencing a mental health crisis would be a landmark step for the field of mental health; making it easier to support those in emotional pain and begin the journey toward healing. The FCC has made a critical step in the announcement of their Notice for Proposed Rule Making, and we will continue to work with congressional leaders to advance legislation to fully fund this national service. Once implemented and funded, 988 will move us closer to breaking down the barriers associated with seeking help and curb many preventable tragedies.”

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