The country is getting an additional $3 million to help fight the growing suicide crisis, thanks to Representative Chris Stewart.
The money comes from a bill the lawmaker backed to help improve critical parts of the National Suicide Hotline. The money, secured in the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bill will build capacity in states with the highest need. It will allow officials to quickly respond to the steadily increasing call volume on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The additional funding now puts the total over $20 million.
“Suicide is truly a crisis that is especially evident in Utah. Our state has recently seen an increase in the amount of suicides, particularly among our youth. This funding is critical in engaging our states and building a stronger network to reverse this tragic trend and potentially save thousands of lives. Thanks to the amazing individuals at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention who worked hand-in-hand with my staff to make this a possibility,” said Rep. Stewart.
Utah’s suicide rate has been consistently higher than the national rate for more than a decade. An average of 627 Utahns die from suicide and 4,574 Utahns attempt suicide each year. Suicide is now the leading cause of death in Utah for 10 to 17-year-olds.
You can call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.