From the House Floor: Recognizing National Suicide Prevention Week

September 12, 2013


"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Suicide Prevention Week.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that takes an alarming toll on so many individuals, including our military personnel and veterans.

A growing number of returning service members and veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress, acute brain injuries, severe anxiety, depression, and a variety of other mental health illnesses from battle.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a study in February of 2013 which estimates that approximately 24 veterans commit suicide every day.

Our highest priority must be the mental health and well-being of our friends, colleagues and loved ones – and also the brave men and women who have served our Nation.

Should one fear that someone they know is in crisis or depressed, giving that person an opportunity to open up and share their troubles with you can go a long way. 

National Suicide Prevention Week is a time for all of us to learn more about suicide, its warning signs, and what can be done to help those in need.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.