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Rep. McAdams introduces legislation to fund suicide prevention research

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As many as three students have been lost to suicide in the last week. Utah leaders hope new legislation will help prevent these tragedies. (Photo: KUTV)

As many as three Utah students have been lost to suicide in the last week. Utah leaders hope new legislation will help prevent these tragedies.

Rep. Ben McAdams will be in town Friday to discuss his bi-partisan suicide prevention legislation.

The bill, Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act, directs the National Suicide Foundation to fund research into the causes and prevention of suicide, a press release stated. It also aims to discover why suicide rates in America are on the rise.

“Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the U.S. in 2017, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for persons ages 10-24,” McAdams stated in a press release.

Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Utah’s young people in this age group. We must do more to find answers and prevent this tragic loss of life.

As the new legislation is discussed, counselors will be on hand at Utah Military Academy in Lehi after a student died.

The school posted a message to Facebook Thursday, saying:

We are heartbroken over the death of one of our cadets. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to his family and friends and the entire community. We will be offering grief counseling for cadets and staff starting on November 7 and lasting through November 8 or as long as needed.

This comes as concern is growing on social media following as many as three suicides at local schools in the past week alone.

Anyone in need is encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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