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Statement from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on President Biden’s State of the Union

As part of Biden’s strategy to build system capacity, he stressed the importance of successfully launching the three-digit 988 suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline and strengthening community response to crises. This suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline will be available later this year, connecting callers across the United States to immediate crisis care. The AFSP has shown its continuity Support for increasing federal and state funding for the 988 crisis response system and strongly believes that crisis call centers are an invaluable resource that connects individuals to services that can save lives. We commend the Biden-Harris administration for investing an additional amount $700 million building infrastructure in local crisis centers at a time when many are underfunded and struggling to meet current demand for services.

Biden’s mental health strategy is one of many building blocks our community needs to help reduce the national suicide rate and is part of AFSP’s Project 2025, a national initiative focused on the partnership to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States by 20. % by 2025. While new CDC data shows that the suicide rate has decreased by 3% from 2019 to 2020, we do not yet have a full understanding of the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and suicide and we must continue to create programs, support research and advance policies that contribute to the reduction of suicide.

Let’s take this new presidential initiative as a reminder that we all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and that we can all work together to get people the help they need and deserve. For those who are currently struggling with mental health issues, know that you are not alone, that there are people and resources available to help you, and that there are proactive measures to protect your mental health. and that of your loved ones.

Media interested in learning more about suicide, warning signs and prevention can visit our website at www.afsp.org. For information on how to report a suicide: https://afsp.org/for-journalists. It is important NOT to mention the method of suicide in reports, as this can lead to possible suicide contagion.

If you need help at this time, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have had a loss. The AFSP creates a smart mental health culture through educational and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and whose head office is at new Yorkwith an advocacy office at washington d.c., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with nationwide programs and events. Learn more about the AFSP in its latest annual report and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following the AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention