The Senate Thursday night unanimously passed the resolution put forth by senators Joe Donnelly and Johnny Isakson in promotion of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, recognized in September of each year. Donnelly described the month as an opportunity for Americans to recognize and discuss suicide prevention and he is pleased that this bipartisan resolution passed the Senate.
“We need to be vigilant in ensuring that those at risk for suicide are receiving the help they need, and are comfortable asking for it,” Donnelly said. “We can work to combat suicide by educating ourselves on warning signs and risk factors and spreading the word about confidential and free resources available.”
Suicide has been listed as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. It is estimated that a total of nearly six million Americans have lost a loved one to suicide, and more service members of our military committed suicide than those who died in combat operations. More than 6000 veterans committed suicide in 2012.
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached for free, confidential support at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), while the Military and Veterans Crisis Line can be reached for free, confidential support at 1-800-273-8255.
For more information on Senator Donnelly’s work on military suicide prevention, click here.