Saving a life may be as easy as 1-2-3

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-06-06 11:52:43
Dear Friend, Over the last decade, suicide rates have skyrocketed across the country. The sudden jump in deaths by suicide has devastated millions of American families, leaving in its wake countless stories of heartbreak and shattered life. Sadly, Utah is in no way immune to this tragic epidemic.

Dear Friend,

Over the last decade, suicide rates have skyrocketed across the country. The sudden jump in deaths by suicide has devastated millions of American families, leaving in its wake countless stories of heartbreak and shattered life. Sadly, Utah is in no way immune to this tragic epidemic.

Please help us share this important story about the life-saving resources available

Consider that our state now has the 5th highest suicide rate in the nation. This statistic is even more alarming when put in human terms: Every 14 hours, a Utahn takes his or her own life, resulting in more than 600 deaths each year. Of course, the pernicious effects of suicide extend well beyond the number of lives lost. As anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide knows, the fallout from this tragedy ripples across families, communities, and entire generations.  

The time to address this crisis is now. 

That’s why I recently introduced the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act—a bipartisan proposal that will make it easier for Americans of all ages to find the help and treatment they need when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts. 

Across our great nation, there are millions of people—especially young people—who are alone and suffering in the shadows of depression. Many of them are bombarded by suicidal impulses and have no idea where to turn for help.  To make matters worse, the national suicide hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK, is not an intuitive or easy number to remember—particularly for those experiencing a mental health emergency. 

Fortunately, the success of the 911 emergency system provides a model for addressing this problem. My bill requires the FCC to recommend an easy-to-remember, three-digit number for the national suicide prevention hotline.  I believe that by making the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline system more user-friendly and accessible, we can save thousands of lives by helping people find the help they need when they need it most. 

Last week, I joined the front lines of the fight against suicide when I toured the 24/7 Crisis Line call center at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. There, I met with several survivors who, thanks to the suicide hotline, found light in the darkest hours of their lives. Hearing their perspectives was invaluable as I led a discussion on how to improve suicide prevention. 

I encourage you to learn more about my efforts to rein in the suicide epidemic by watching the KSL story (above) and by reading the Deseret News  front-page story  about my visit to the University of Utah.

  Saturday Morning's Deseret News-- Click for the online version of the article

For millions of suffering Americans, hope is only a phone call away. My bill to improve the suicide hotline transcends party lines and stands to save thousands of lives. By sharing this email with friends and family, I ask you to join me in helping those who need our help the most.

Sincerely,

Orrin

 

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