Starting in Missouri

By American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Special for  USDR

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of death among college aged students. To help prevent this tragic loss of life, volunteer advocates from the Missouri chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are visiting the state capitol today to convince their legislative leaders to support three bills that will strengthen mental health resources for schools: the Higher Education Suicide Prevention Polices (SB 52), the Jason Flatt Act of 2017 (HB 862), and the Jason Flatt Act – Relating to School Policy (HB  844).

“All over the country, Missouri is known as the Show Me state. I feel like we as Missourians need to step up and show the country that we can prevent suicide. I started advocating for my brother, Richard Lewis, who took his own life on November 12, 2003. But I now advocate for everyone who is struggling with suicide or mental health conditions,” said Becca Pamperl, resident of Columbia, Missouri and AFSP advocate. Ms. Pamperl is part of a larger national movement of AFSP volunteer advocates who will be visiting 35 state capitols across the United States in spring 2017 to bring best practices in suicide prevention to state  legislators.

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