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Rick Larsen for Congress

 

untold grief and heartache

Today on World Suicide Prevention Day, we must address the epidemic claiming tens of thousands of lives each year. A national tragedy that causes untold grief and heartache.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide rates increased by 18.8 percent in Washington from 1999 to 2016. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in our state, and for Washingtonians between the ages of 15 and 34, it's the number two cause of death after accidents. LGBTQ+ youth have an especially high rate of suicide.

I am calling on Members on both sides of the aisle to join me in taking responsibility for what is within our control – the law – and enact comprehensive solutions to reducing future suicides, including:

  • Better access to affordable mental health care.

  • Effective addiction treatment and resources for recovery.

  • Expanded support for veterans who suffer from PTSD and other service-related challenges.

  • Good-paying jobs that offer folks a leg up, opportunity, and a secure future.

  • Emphasizing common-sense gun ownership, recognizing the risks of teen suicide and encouraging gun owners to responsibly store and secure their firearms.

  • Strengthening laws that prevent LGBTQ+ discrimination and ending a culture of bullying.

Suicide intervention programs work. We need more of them. I will continue to ensure Washington state has the mental health resources that local communities need, but we need everyone to know there is help.

Rick

Posted on September 10, 2018.
 

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Rick Larsen represents Washington state's 2nd Congressional District. Rick was born and raised in Arlington and his family has called Northwest Washington home for over a century. Learn more.