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IA Applauds Chairwoman Rosenworcel, FCC for Approving Text-to-988 Suicide Prevention Order

Today, IA President and CEO K. Dane Snowden released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve an order that will enable text messaging access to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 

“We all have a role to play in suicide prevention and normalizing conversations about mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped shine a light on the importance of ensuring people experiencing a crisis have access to tools and resources to connect them to the help they need. This is a priority for IA and for our member companies, which is why our members have partnered with mental health experts and advocates to promote mental health both generally and on their platforms. I thank Chairwoman Rosenworcel for her leadership, and I applaud the FCC for identifying new pathways to save lives and expand access to mental health resources.” 

Additional information on today’s Open Meeting can be found here. Providers have until July 16, 2022 to comply with the order.