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Writer: Pass the Nat’l Suicide Hotline Designation Act

To the Editor:
September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives.
One action I’m taking is to urge my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health. When someone is in acute crisis, it’s hard for them to think clearly, and even reaching out for help can be a struggle. For this reason, it is vital that Congress pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R.4194/S.2661) to make a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a reality. This legislation will provide the funding and resources needed by crisis centers across the country that support those struggling with their mental health and thoughts of suicide.
Suicide prevention is important to me due to the fact that I have lost a loved one to suicide. This person was like a big brother to me and I miss him every single day. I have others in my life who live with mental health conditions.
In this time of uncertainty, we all need to find new ways to connect and support each other.
Together, we #KeepGoing.
Jodie Rhymer
Bakersville, N.C.