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  • National Suicide Prevention Week

    by Representative Elizabeth H. Esty

    Posted on 2013-09-12

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    ESTY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. ESTY. Madam Speaker, this week is National Suicide Prevention Week.

    More than 38,000 Americans die by suicide every year, 90 percent of whom have at least one treatable mental illness.

    Veterans account for 20 percent of suicides in this country, and military suicide is at an all-time high. The July 2012 cover of Time Magazine described the tragedy of military suicide with a simple headline: One a Day. One year later, these rates have remained largely unchanged, and we owe far better to those who have worn or do wear the uniform.

    Earlier this summer, I added an amendment to Defense appropriations to add $10 million for military suicide awareness and prevention. It is our responsibility to care for our troops and for our veterans, and more work needs to be done.

    During National Suicide Prevention Week, let us commit to ensuring that every American has access to treatment.


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