LETTER: Take this month to focus on preventing the most preventable deaths — suicides

Editor: May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a volunteer and advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this month I am asking everyone to join us and demand #MoreForMentalHealth.

Mental Health and suicide effects more than just the individual, it also affects family, friends and society as a whole.  No case stands alone.  The consequences are far reaching,  The time is past due to seriously address problems.

I am doing more by calling on my legislators at the federal and state levels to support legislation that will fund the implementation of Call 9-8-8 and the suicide and mental health crisis system across our nation, particularly for those in underserved communities.

Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 and de-escalates the crises of tens of thousands of callers each day. On July 16, those in distress and those that support them will be able to reach the Lifeline through a simple 3-digit number: 988.

By making the Lifeline more accessible through this shorter number, calls, texts, and chats to the Lifeline’s network of crisis call centers are expected to increase. It is vital that the federal government work with states to ensure callers in distress will have: 1) someone to call, 2) someone to come help, and 3) somewhere safe to go. We must act now to secure funding to equip call centers and community crisis response services throughout the country with the staff and resources to respond to everyone in crisis.

Join me this month in urging our federal and state public officials to do #MoreForMentalHealth. You can start by visiting moreformentalhealth.org.

Together, we can help #StopSuicide.

— Mary Christenson, Denver, via [email protected]

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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
8 months ago

Gun control plays a large part in this. As much as we focus on shootings and murders, the number of suicides by gun exceed all of those. How sad that anyone and everyone has easy access to a gun.

Hypocrisy Monitor
Hypocrisy Monitor
8 months ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

How can you draw that corollary when the FACT is that a lower percentage of households have guns in them than they did decades ago? Look it up if you don’t believe me. It’s the mental state of those killing themselves that needs to be addressed, not the number of guns.

Last edited 8 months ago by Hypocrisy Monitor