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Crapo to Lead News Conference on the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Launch

Twin Falls, Idaho – U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) will lead Idaho state officials and mental health advocates in a news conference to celebrate the launch of the National Crisis & Suicide Hotline 988 number on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

“Ensuring everyone knows where to turn for help to prevent suicide and receive crisis intervention has been one of my top priorities,” Crapo said. “On July 16, all Americans will have access to this easy-to-remember, 3-digit phone number, and we will be able to better connect people in crisis with life-saving resources.”

In 2020, Crapo co-sponsored legislation to require the Federal Communications Commission’s designation of 988 as the universal national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.  President Donald Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 on October 17 of that year.  Idaho’s Legislature passed HCR11, recognizing 988 as the universal mental health and suicide prevention crisis phone number, during the 2021 Legislative Session. 


WHAT:     News conference on 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

WHO:       U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

                 State Senator Fred Martin (R-Boise)

                 State Representative Laurie Lickley (R-Jerome)

                 Stewart Wilder (Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Collective)

                 Lee Flinn (Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline)               

WHEN:     Saturday, July 16, 2022

                 1:30 PM MT

WHERE:   College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Theatre, 315 Falls Avenue, Twin Falls