In this time of uncertainty, it is especially important to take care of our mental health. That is why I will be took part in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s virtual 2020 Advocacy Forum on Monday. As part of the event, I along with thousands of advocates across the country reached out to members of Congress to urge their support of the suicide prevention legislation and policies that we know can save lives.
We asked for increased federal funding for suicide research, continued support for suicide prevention programs and resources for veterans and service members and passage of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R. 4194/S. 2661). This would make 988 the future, easy-to-remember phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
I have lived experience as do many of my friends and family members. I want to know I have done my part in helping others with their struggles and hope you will join me.
Join me by contacting your members of Congress and asking them to support these policies, and visit afsp.org/advocacy to learn more about AFSP’s advocacy and how you can make an impact in your community. Together, we are saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.