Rep. Stewart’s National Suicide Prevention Hotline Legislation Passes House
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 379-1. This bill aims to designate a new national 3-digit dialing code – similar to 911 – to be used for a mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline.
“Every nine minutes someone commits suicide in the US and for every suicide-related death there are twenty-five attempts. These are truly heartbreaking statistics and sadly they hit close to home. Utah ranks fifth for the highest suicide deaths in the US. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act is a bipartisan and commonsense piece of legislation that has the ability to save lives. The current national hotline number is cumbersome and hard to recall. By creating a hotline dialing code that is short and easy to remember, we are taking an important step towards potentially averting tragedy. I thank my colleagues for passing this important legislation, and I look forward to it getting signed into law quickly.” – Rep. Chris Stewart
Congressman Stewart spoke on the House Floor today in support of this legislation. To view, click here, or the picture below.
The full text of the bill can be found here.