09.10.20

Gardner Recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day

Calls on U.S. House of Representatives to pass his National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day and renewed his call for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which would establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

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“Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, which helps raise awareness that suicide causes heartbreak and loss in communities across our nation and the world,”said Senator Gardner. “Last year, on average, we lost a Coloradan to death by suicide roughly every seven hours. Increasing the accessibility of life-saving services will be a key factor in addressing the growing suicide crisis in our nation. That’s why I am calling on the House of Representatives to immediately move to take up and pass S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. Every day the House of Representatives delays is a missed opportunity to support critical suicide prevention measures and save lives.”

S. 2661, which Gardner introduced with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jack Reed (D-RI), passed the U.S. Senate unanimously on May 13, 2020 and received an endorsement from every single Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner. 

Gardner and Baldwin wrote to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in July 2020 urging them to immediately take up and pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. Gardner and Baldwin’s letter followed a letter from 48 leading mental health groups to House leadership calling for swift passage of S. 2661, where they wrote, “This bicameral, bipartisan legislation is urgently needed and, under your leadership, could save lives.”

U.S. Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) are leading companion legislation to S. 2661 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Senator Gardner has made it a priority to address rising suicide rates in Colorado and across the nation:

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.