A big change for Ill regarding area codes

A lot of people are just learning about the new dialing system for those in 35 states including Missouri and Illinois. If you have these area codes in Missouri: 314, 417, 660, 816, or the Illinois area codes: 618, 309, 708, it’s time to practice dialing all ten digits.

This is all because of a new national suicide hotline that goes into service in the future. People with mental health challenges will soon be able to call 9-8-8 anywhere in the United States for help.

Many will need to dial all 10 digits before calling soon

Chief Clinical Officer at Behavioral Health Response Dr. Bart Andrews said he strongly supports the nationwide hotline.

“It’s incredibly exciting because for years crisis services and suicide prevention services have been unrecognized and undervalued,” Andrews said.

Andrews said Behavioral Health Response is 1 of 160 agencies that currently supports the national suicide hotline and will continue to do so after the 9-8-8 number goes into effect.

“You make it easier for people to call you, get more calls, which is what we want,” Andrews said. We want to make it easier for people in crisis to reach out.”