U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on the House of Representatives to pass his National Suicide Hotline Designation Act as part of his recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.
The bill, S. 2661, would establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. It passed in the Senate in May.
“Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, which helps raise awareness that suicide causes heartbreak and loss in communities across our nation and the world,” Gardner said. “Last year, on average, we lost a Coloradan to death by suicide roughly every seven hours. Increasing the accessibility of life-saving services will be a key factor in addressing the growing suicide crisis in our nation. That’s why I am calling on the House of Representatives to immediately move to take up and pass S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. Every day the House of Representatives delays is a missed opportunity to support critical suicide prevention measures and save lives.”
The bipartisan bill, which was introduced with Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jack Reed (D-RI), has been endorsed by all the Federal Communications Commission commissioners, as well as nearly 50 leading mental health groups across the country.
In July, Gardner and Baldwin sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), urging the House leadership to take up the bill and pass it.