Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
Help Recognize LGBTQ+ Suicide as a Public Health Problem and Express Support for the Designation of September as “National Suicide Prevention Month”
DEADLINE: COB Wednesday September 18
Endorsements: The Trevor Project
Cosponsors: Maloney (NY-12)
I invite you to cosponsor a resolution recognizing LGBTQ+ suicide as a public health problem and expressing support for designating September as “National Suicide Prevention Month.”
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – a time where we think about a struggle thousands of people live with, share stories and resources, and shed light on this still taboo and stigmatized issue. Since 2008, suicide has been the 10th
leading cause of death in the Untied States for all ages and is the second leading cause among individuals between the ages of 10 to 34. On average there are 129 suicides per day, resulting in over 47,000 deaths each year. The statistics are just as staggering
for the LGBTQ+ community.
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey data released in 2018, almost half of all LBGTQ+ youth have seriously considered attempting suicide, making them almost four times more likely to do so than their straight peers. This
translates to more than 1.8 Million LGBTQ+ youth seriously considering suicide each year. It is truly heartbreaking to see so many young people feeling that they shouldn’t be alive anymore – we need to sound the alarm.
This resolution would recognize suicide as a preventable national public health problem, that we as Congress must declare suicide prevention a priority, and that we need to pay attention to communities known to be at heightened risk, including the LGBTQ+
youth and LGBTQ+ youth of color.
For more information on the resolution or if you would like to be included as a cosponsor, please contact Brad Korten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (202) 225-5801.
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
Member of Congress
Recognizing LGBTQ+ suicide as a public health problem and expressing support for the designation of September as ‘‘National Suicide Prevention Month’’.
Whereas, since 2008, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 to 34;
Whereas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (in this resolution referred to as ‘‘CDC’’), on average there are 129 suicides per day, resulting in over 47,000 deaths each year in the United States;
Whereas, from 1999 through 2017, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 33 percent from 10.5 to 14.0 per 100,000;
Whereas, according to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey data released in 2018, almost half of all lesbian, gay, and bisexual students seriously consider attempting suicide, making them almost 4 times more likely to do so than their straight peers;
Whereas the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found 40 percent of respondents had attempted suicide in their lifetime— nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate in the United States population at large;
Whereas it is estimated that there are over 1,300,000 suicide attempts each year in the United States, and The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1,800,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (in this resolution referred to as ‘‘LGBTQ+’’)
youth seriously consider suicide each year;
Whereas suicide is preventable, as 9 out of 10 suicide attempt survivors do not go on to die by suicide;
Whereas, according to the CDC, suicide results in an estimated
$44,600,000,000 in combined medical and work loss costs nationally;
Whereas the stigma associated with mental health conditions and suicidality works against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk for suicide from seeking lifesaving help and further traumatizes survivors of suicide loss and people with lived
experience of suicide; and
Whereas September would be an appropriate month to designate
as ‘‘National Suicide Prevention Month’’ which overlaps World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, recognized internationally and supported by the World
Health Organization: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives –
(1) recognizes suicide as a preventable national and State public health problem;
(2) supports the designation of “National Suicide Prevention Month”;
(3) supports declaring that suicide prevention should be a priority;
(4) acknowledges that no single suicide prevention program or effort will be appropriate for all
populations or communities, and that particular attention should be paid to communities known to
be at heightened risk, including LGBTQ+ youth and LGBTQ+ youth of color;
(5) promotes awareness that there is no single cause for suicide, and that suicide is most often an
impulsive act that occurs during a moment of overwhelming hopelessness and despair; and
(6) develops and implements strategies to increase access to quality mental health, substance abuse,
and suicide prevention services.
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