Suicide prevention organization supports passage of appropriations bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill in July, a move supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The bill includes a $6 million increase for the National Suicide Prevention, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration program; $5 million for Zero Suicide, a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention grant; and doubles funding for Native American and Alaskan Native Suicide Prevention programs.

“We are encouraged by the continued funding for Suicide Prevention at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the initial $10 million investment in Fiscal Year 2020,” Robert Gebbia, AFSP CEO, said in a statement. “These funds help the CDC to utilize data to identify new prevention strategies to prevent suicide in vulnerable populations and subgroups in which the suicide rate is rising. We hope to see this program grow, and to support the prevention strategies founded and implemented by the research.”

The organization supports language in the bill that encourages the National Institute of Mental Health to increase its collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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