Lawmakers pass bill to show they're serious about suicide prevention

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah lawmakers approved legislation that will give more support to people considering suicide in the state. Bill sponsors say it's among the most comprehensive legislation to help fight the state-wide crisis.

Sponsors say the legislation is a big deal and it stems from recommendations by the Governor’s Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force.

House Bill 370 expands suicide prevention programs in Utah’s schools and colleges and creates a statewide suicide prevention coalition. This legislation also diverts a quarter million dollars from the general to develop more crisis outreach organizations and helps train crisis teams.

"It is an important lesson the legislature is sending that we are serious about reducing our suicide rate, letting people know there is hope and healing and giving resources to our community to help people who may be struggling,” said Representative Steve Eliason (R-District 45).

The bill also sets up a suicide prevention fund which will collect donations by Utahns hoping to make a difference.

The bill passed both the House and the Senate and is ready to be signed or vetoed by Governor Herbert.

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