Critical Update for the 716 Exchange

In 2022, the federal government will launch a new 3 digit hotline for suicide prevention. The number will be 988 and like 911, it will provide instant access to those in need. Click here for the original FCC release

Due to the way that phone numbers work in the United States, every locality which has a 988 prefix will need add the area code to the prefix to complete calls. For example, 988-0000 will be serviced by dialing 716-988-0000. 

The new hotline won't be working until July 16th, 2022. Until then, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is still 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). On April 1st, 2021, callers in all areas that will be affected by this change can start dialing the 10 digit numbers. In October this will be mandatory as your call will not be completed. 

This Lifeline supports many in times of crisis. 

Other hotlines include:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Spanish)
    (888) 628-9454
      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
      (800) 799-4889
        Crisis Text Line
        Text HELLO to 741741
          National Domestic Violence Hotline
          (800) 799-7233
            Veterans Crisis Line
            (800) 273-8255
                National Sexual Assault Hotline
                (800) 656-4673
                  Child Abuse Hotline
                  (800) 422-4453
                    CDC National HIV & AIDS Hotline
                    (800) 342-2437

                    Trevor Lifeline
                    (866) 488-7386
                      Alcoholics Anonymous
                      (202) 966-9155
                        Narcotics Anonymous
                        (800) 543-4670
                          Gamblers Anonymous
                          (855) 222-5542

                          The 716 exchange was created to meet the needs of Western New York creators and businesses owner find patrons. It was not intended for such serious matters. However, now that there is a need to provide information nationally, I have decided to post this information to assist this critical change. 

                          Here is a list of all area codes by state affected by this change: 

                          Alaska 907
                          Alabama 251
                          Arkansas 501
                          Arizona 480, 520, 928
                          California 209, 530, 562, 626, 650, 707, 925, 949, 951
                          Colorado 719, 970
                          Delaware 302
                          Florida 321 (Brevard County Only) 352, 561, 941
                          Georgia 478, 912
                          Guam 671
                          Hawaii 808
                          Illinois 309, 618, 708
                          Indiana 219, 574
                          Iowa 319, 515
                          Kansas 620, 785
                          Kentucky 859
                          Louisiana 337, 504
                          Michigan 616, 810, 906, 989
                          Minnesota 218, 952
                          Mississippi 662
                          Missouri 314, 417, 660, 816
                          Montana 406
                          Nevada 775
                          New Hampshire 603
                          New Jersey 856, 908
                          New Mexico 505, 575
                          New York 516, 607, 716, 845, 914
                          North Carolina 910
                          Ohio 440, 513
                          South Dakota 605
                          Tennessee 731, 865
                          Texas 254, 361, 409, 806, 830, 915, 940
                          Vermont 802
                          Virginia 276, 804
                          Washington State 509 
                          Wisconsin 262, 414, 608, 920

                          Please report any typoes or omissions to the webmaster at phil(dot)vivierito(at)gmail(dot)com.  

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