Letter

printed 09/27/2019

Editor,

I want to talk about suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It can be prevented.

I care deeply about the issue of suicide prevention. Thirty years ago, my father died by suicide.

The guilt was awful. I’ll never know if I missed something he said or something he did that could have prevented this from happening.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Throughout this month and into the future I will be urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health and to “Be the Voice” for the millions of Americans affected by suicide each year.

To prevent suicide, we need to:

1. Invest in suicide prevention research within the National Institute of Mental Health at a level equal to the suicide problem in our country

2. Strengthen oversight for mental health parity at the state and federal levels

3. Fully fund the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 [TALK]) and local crisis call centers

4. Make service member and veteran suicide prevention a national priority

Please join me by calling your members of Congress and your state and local officials to ask them to make suicide prevention the priority it deserves to be. Together, we can save lives.

Mary Harrison

Ocean City

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