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9-8-8 Would Be A Suicide Hotline, Under Wyden's Proposed Bill

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Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wants to establish a 3-digit suicide hotline.

The dedicated line would be answered by trained operators who can help people in crisis.

Wyden met with high school students in Eugene Tuesday to get their input on suicide prevention and mental health.

“My sense is that what we really need is what amounts to a revolution in mental health services in schools. Because our schools do a good job with the limited resources they have. But, it’s kind of a crazy quilt sort of system.”

The statewide Breaking the Silence reporting project found 800 Oregonians die by suicide annually. It also found an increase in suicide nationwide over the past decade.

Wyden cosponsored a bipartisan billto establish the 3-digit suicide hotline. It would also create a veteran crisis line.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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