The mandated 10-digit dialing procedure for Guam will roll out on Oct. 24, local carriers reminded residents in a joint announcement today. All local phone calls on Guam must include the 671-area code.
The Federal Communications Commission has designated 988 as the service number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline effective July 16, 2022.
The new FCC mandate — noting that the "every second matters"— simplifies the dialing procedure for suicide prevention and mental health aid.
Right now, those seeking help have to dial 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is too long to remember in times of crisis.
Beginning July of next year, when you have an urgent mental health need, you’ll call just 3 digits - “988"; similar to “911” for police, fire, or rescue emergencies.
To make this possible, all area codes within the United States that have phone numbers beginning with “988” will now require the area code to be dialed first, followed by the local telephone number (for example: 671-988-XXXX). This prevents calls to the National Suicide Lifeline from being automatically triggered and placed.
Guam is among 82 area codes that need to make this local call transition. By Oct. 24, all phone numbers will remain the same, but “671” must be entered in the beginning.