Matsui Leads Bipartisan Suicide Prevention Efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Chris Stewart (R-UT), along with Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and John Kennedy (R-LA), introduced the Suicide Prevention Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to provide new resources to help reverse the tragic rise of suicide across the nation.
Rates of suicide have risen to epidemic levels in the United States, with suicide now the tenth leading cause of death in the country. On average, there are roughly 129 deaths by suicide every day. This bill would enhance data collection and sharing, as appropriate, in real-time, to help save lives. It also provides funding for suicide prevention programs in emergency departments to train and equip personnel in suicide prevention strategies.
“No American struggling with self-harm or suicidal ideation should have to face their challenges alone. The Suicide Prevention Act will provide our emergency departments with the tools to identify and support at-risk patients, during and after their hospital visits,” said Congresswoman Matsui, a senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “There are thousands of patients who show up to emergency departments showing signs of self-harm behavior and are simply overlooked once they leave care. With suicide rates climbing to unprecedented levels we need to act now. We have a moral obligation to provide the most complete and expansive resources, leverage data to inform policy and best practices, and effectively implement prevention programs and protocols for those who have the knowledge to save lives.”
“Suicide hits close to home with Utah having the 5th highest suicide rate in the nation. I’ve met with family and friends of those who have taken their own life. I’ve heard their stories and I’m responding to their pleas for help. This bill is a part of my longstanding commitment to reverse this troubling trend,” said Congressman Chris Stewart.
The Suicide Prevention Act:
Expands Data Collection to Improve Prevention Efforts
Prevents Suicide Among Emergency Department Patients
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