RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Whether you’re dialing your favorite local business or a friend from down the street, people with 804 phone numbers will need to include that area code on every call. The change comes as a new quick way to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is implemented.
Central Virginia’s 804 area has become one of 82 area codes that are required to use 10-digit-dialing as of Oct. 24. This means every local call must include the three-digit area code and seven-digit phone number, just as if you were dialing someone with a different area code.
This change will not change your phone number in any way, it just adds an extra step to making a local call.
The tradeoff? A potentially lifesaving new phone number.
People experiencing a crisis will soon be able to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988, similar to how you can call 911.
The new short number for suicide prevention will be available nationally available by July 16, 2022.
In the meantime, people can call 1-800-273-8255 at any time for suicide prevention help. Callers will be provided with free and confidential support.