Sending Office: Honorable John Katko
Sent By:
Jennifer.Wood@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Federal Suicide Prevention Efforts

Deadline March 16th COB

Please join the House Suicide Prevention Task Force in sending a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, requesting $2.5 million to reinstate dedicated funding at the CDC’s National
Center for Injury Prevention and Control for suicide prevention and report language supporting SAMHSA’s development of support resources to affected family and friends.

Suicide remains one of the top 10 leading causes of death for all age groups in the U.S. and the second-leading cause of death for teenagers, ages 15-19.  Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families,
and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote
awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change.

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is the lead federal agency tasked with created and disseminating resources on suicide prevention.  With the rate of suicide rising, family and friends of those who are at-risk are often
in the best position to recognize the warning signs and help the individual get the treatment they need.  Our requested report language will work to ensure that as our country works to decrease the rate of suicide, specialized training and resources are provided
to the families and friends of at-risk individuals.

Our letter also requests at least $2.5 million to reinstate dedicated funding at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for suicide prevention.  This will allow the CDC, the nation’s leading public health and prevention agency, the ability
to implement and evaluate comprehensive suicide prevention programs. 

We urge you to join us in sending the attached letter, supporting critical suicide prevention efforts.  Please contact Jennifer Wood in Congressman Katko’s office at
Jennifer.wood@mail.house.gov or Kate Schisler in Congressman Beyer’s office at
Kate.Schisler@mail.house.gov with any questions.

Sincerely,

 

John Katko                                                                  Don Beyer

Member of Congress                                                   Member of Congress

 

March 19, 2018

The Honorable Tom Cole                                            The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

House Appropriations Subcommittee on                   House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services,                                 Labor, Health and Human Services,  Education and Related Agencies                               
Education and Related Agencies

United States House of Representatives                    United States House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20510                                              Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

Suicide remains one of the top 10 leading causes of death for all age groups in the U.S. and the second-leading cause of death for teenagers, ages 15-19.  Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families,
and communities. While its causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, the goal of suicide prevention is simple: Reduce factors that increase risk and increase factors that promote resilience. Ideally, prevention addresses all levels of influence:
individual, relationship, community, and societal. Effective prevention strategies are needed to promote awareness of suicide and encourage a commitment to social change.

As you consider Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations, we respectfully request that the committee take steps to address the rise in suicide rates, including the following specific requests:

  • Language that supports SAMHSA’s development of support resources to affected family and friends. We request the following language:

“The Committee recognizes the rising rate of suicide and that family and friends are often in the best position to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to help an at-risk individual get the treatment they need. The Committee
urges SAMHSA to develop and disseminate programs to provide specialized training and resources on identifying and responding to people at risk of suicide for families and friends of at-risk individuals.”

  • At least $2.5 million to reinstate dedicated funding at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for suicide prevention. This will allow the CDC, the nation’s leading public health and prevention agency, the ability to implement and evaluate
    comprehensive suicide prevention programs.These programs will focus on addressing key risk factors for suicidal behavior, including substance abuse and mental illness, as well as reducing the likelihood that suicidal ideation will progress to a suicide attempt,
    and that a suicide attempt will result in death.In addition, the programs will more broadly work to identify practices that build resilience and strengthen social and emotional well-being.

We greatly appreciate your leadership and consideration of these requests.

Sincerely,

 

 

Donald S. Beyer Jr.                             John Katko

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