November 06, 2019

Congressman Neguse Fights for Suicide Prevention Funding for States and College Campuses

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse, who serves on House Leadership, has sent a letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee Chairs imploring them to provide necessary funding for life-saving mental health programs and suicide prevention grants in the FY2020 appropriations bill. The letter requests “the highest level of funding feasible” for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration’s (SAMHSA) mental health programs, including the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention state and campus-based grant programs, Project AWARE state grants, and other budget activities that seek to improve mental health and reduce suicide among younger Americans.

“Growing rates of youth suicide across Colorado have caused tremendous grief and hardship in our communities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “While organizations across our state and college campuses work to provide needed mental health services and suicide prevention resources, we must ensure we provide the funding necessary to equip our communities and address the stigma of mental health."

In the past three years, teen suicide in Colorado has increased by 58 percent and has become the cause of 1 in every 5 adolescent deaths in the state. That number is nearly double the national suicide rate, which is the cause of about 1 in 10 adolescent deaths..

The letter can be read in full here.

Congressman Neguse is also pushing bipartisan legislation to require funding for State and Tribal education agencies to provide student suicide awareness and prevention training, the Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention Act of 2019 (STANDUP Act).