The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded Colorado $2.4 million in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service grants to be used for suicide prevention.
One Coloradoan dies from suicide every seven hours.
Funds are divided between three organizations. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment received $800,000, the Ute Mountain Tribe received $799,992, and Colorado State University received $797,848.
“As our country is facing an unprecedented challenge in responding to COVID-19, suicide prevention is now more important than ever, and I’m pleased to see this important funding delivered to support Coloradans,” U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) said. “Suicide does not discriminate between rural and urban areas or by income, and it causes heartbreak and loss in communities in every single one of our states. I will keep fighting to increase access to life-saving services for Coloradans facing mental health crises, including through funding, and passage of S. 2661, my bipartisan legislation to designate 9-8-8 as a three-digit suicide hotline.”
The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, S. 2661, designates 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The bill passed the Senate in May and is under consideration in the House.
The bill has bipartisan support.