America is grappling with an unprecedented mental health crisis, and it’s taking a toll on all of us. Children and teenagers are struggling with depression. Young adults are more frequently turning to deadly drugs and overdosing. Too many of us know someone who has taken their own life. It’s devastating.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and my message is that YOU matter. You are loved, you are valued, and you make a difference to everyone around you. We are all silently fighting our own battles. Never underestimate the power of a simple phone call, a kind word, or even a smile towards a stranger. YOU can be the reason someone realizes suicide is not the answer.
We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. In Congress, I am working hard to get the overwhelmingly bipartisan Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act to the president’s desk so communities can get people the support and crisis services that just may save their life.
In 2020, I was proud to help pass legislation to establish the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Today, help is available at that line 24 hours, 7 days a week. If you or a loved one are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please know that you are not alone. Pick up the phone and text or dial 988 to reach the help you need. Together, we can turn the tide and help prevent suicide.
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