To the Editor:

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time where we especially emphasize reaching out to those who may be struggling, as well as those who may have been affected by suicide. We can all take steps to prevent suicide, which may include learning the warning signs, knowing what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, and bringing education programs to our communities.

When someone is in acute crisis, it may be difficult for them to think clearly, and even reaching out for help can be a struggle. For this reason, we ask that you urge our elected leaders in Congress to pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (H.R.4194/S.2661) to make a three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline a reality. This legislation will provide the funding and resources needed by crisis centers across the country that support those struggling with their mental health and thoughts of suicide.

In this time of uncertainty, we must all find new ways to support and connect with each other. Together, we #KeepGoing.

Susan Tolle and Debbie Howell, co-chairs
Out of the Darkness Experience
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – NC Chapter

3 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Please urge Congress to pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

    • Sheila GRYDER says:

      Suicide has the same outcome of most of the 911 calls received so why shouldn’t it have a designated emergency number as well. Sometimes there isn’t enough time when a person is in crisis to answer and then connect a desperate, oftentimes hopeless feeling human being, to emergency personnel trained to administer care to suicidal people. We need this. My family has dealt with three suicides of men in eight years. Men generally find it harder to search for help. A 3-digit number would help take the anxiety out of getting help for a lot of people.

  1. SUICIDE is the tenth leading cause of Death in the United States. It is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise, particularly in young people. Please contact your U.S. Representative for the passage of the National Suicide Hotline Act to make a three digit number a reality. It can Save Lives!

Comments are closed.