News from Representative Tom Emmer

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HAVING THOUGHTS ABOUT SUICIDE, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE, AVAILABLE 24/7: 1-800-273-8255.

Dear Friend,

Our nation is in the midst of a suicide crisis and Minnesota is no exception. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide. And in our state, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young Minnesotans. During the month of September, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we can help support those in our community who need it most. 

I am committed to turning the tide on the unacceptably high rates of suicide in our country.

In July, the House took a step forward to provide a major resource for Americans struggling. I was a proud co-sponsor of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, which the President signed into law on August 14. The national hotline should always be available and convenient for those who are suffering. 

In March, I introduced the Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide (STRESS) Act (H.R. 5259) to make mental health treatment more available for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers. Due to the nature of their work and the lack of mental health treatment available, these individuals suffer from higher rates of depression and suicide.

This month, and year round, we should be vigilant in checking on our loved ones, sharing these resources, and ensuring those around us know that they are not alone. 

Sincerely,

Resources: 

If you or someone you know is having thoughts about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7 by calling: 1-800-273-8255 or visiting this website

Visit here to find the support you need. 

Know the warning signs and risk factors for suicide by visiting here

Learn the ways to prevent suicide by visiting here.

To volunteer at a crisis center near you, visit here.

Crisis Resources: 

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Additional information: 

Read more about H.R. 2345, the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act here.

Read the full text of H.R. 5259, the STRESS Act here.

Read more about H.R. 5259 here.

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