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Now Is The Time To Provide Better Mental Health Resources
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teens in the United States. More teens die by suicide than they do by cancer, drug overdose, heart disease, and homicide….combined.
The Mountain West and the Dakotas are the epicenter of this public health crisis. Suicide in these states is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 24. An estimated 1 out of 6 teens has a diagnosable mental health condition. State surveys show that 10-20% of youth have seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, 5-15% made a suicide plan and in some states up to 10% made a suicide attempt.
Mental Health is treatable and suicide is preventable. The status quo is not working for our young people. Together we have the power to make things better.
We need to destigmatize mental health and start talking about and treating it like we would our physical health. If you are running a high fever you would not think twice about going to a doctor….having an anxiety attack is no different.
“I have battled with my mental health for most of my life. I knew mental health needed to be talked about, but I didn’t know how to start the conversation. Today, my voice is being heard, through Robbie’s Hope.”
A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system operating through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and through the Veterans Crisis Line, and for other purposes.