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Bipartisan Task Force Launched to Address Suicide Prevention

September 21, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Representatives John Katko (R-NY) and Don Beyer (D-VA) announced last week the formation of a new bipartisan House Suicide Prevention Task Force, a new subset of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. The task force will work to create bipartisan solutions to help curb and combat the high rate of suicide in America. The National Council thanks these leaders for their service and commitment to this important cause.

Announcing this new task force during the 42nd annual National Suicide Prevention Week, Rep. Katko said, “Suicide has affected far too many families in Central New York and in communities nationwide.  It is clear there is a vital need to raise awareness for suicide prevention and to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental healthcare. I’m proud to join together with a bipartisan group of my colleagues to launch this Task Force so that we can work to combat the prevalence of suicide and to provide greater support for those suffering with mental health issues.”

“Suicide is a tragedy which affects all of us, and it is incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to prevent it,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “I have lost so many friends who took their lives during a time of crisis, losses I feel particularly keenly during September, which is Suicide Prevention Month. There is more that Congress can do to raise awareness and save lives, and that’s why we have formed this Task Force.”

Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), said “Suicide affects all demographics, but because of stigma we still do not speak about it. It is vital that we continue to educate our colleagues and find ways to address this epidemic in a bipartisan manner. As Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, I look forward to supporting the efforts of the Suicide Prevention Taskforce and thank Congressmen Beyer and Katko for their leadership.”

The National Council thanks Representatives Beyer, Katko, and Napolitano for their leadership on this important issue. We look forward to working with them and stand ready to serve as a resource for this critical work.