Area code needed for local calls in Vermont, New Hampshire

Callers in Vermont and New Hampshire will have to dial the area code to make local calls starting this weekend. The Federal Communication Commission says the two states are among 82 area codes in 35 states that will require 10-digit dialing starting Sunday.

The change is being as a new three-digit nationwide suicide prevention line is being created. Starting Sunday, local calls dialed with just seven digits may not go through.

The new 988 crisis line to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors will start on July 16, 2022.

Before then, those services can be reached by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).