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HR-39 (2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  August 30, 2012


House Resolution No. 39

Introduced  by  Assembly Member Hueso
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Achadjian, Alejo, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Beall, Bill Berryhill, Block, Blumenfield, Bonilla, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Butler, Charles Calderon, Campos, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Davis, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eng, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Beth Gaines, Garrick, Gatto, Gordon, Gorell, Grove, Hagman, Harkey, Hayashi, Roger Hernández, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Lara, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mansoor, Miller, Mitchell, Monning, Morrell, Nestande, Nielsen, Olsen, Pan, Perea, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Portantino, Silva, Smyth, Swanson, Torres, Wagner, Wieckowski, Williams, Yamada)

August 16, 2012

Relative to Suicide Prevention Month.


HR 39, as amended, Hueso.

WHEREAS, Suicide is the 11th leading cause of all deaths in the United States and is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in California; and
WHEREAS, Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24 years in the United States; and
WHEREAS, More people ages 10 to 24 years die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, and chronic lung disease combined; and
WHEREAS, In the United States, one person completes suicide every 17 minutes; and
WHEREAS, Suicide can strike anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity; and
WHEREAS, Untreated mental illness is the cause for the vast majority of suicides; and
WHEREAS, The stigma associated with mental illness works against suicide prevention by discouraging persons at risk for suicide from seeking lifesaving help and further traumatizing survivors of suicide; and
WHEREAS, Despite these statistics, suicide has not been adequately addressed and people are not well educated about symptoms of suicide and the ways in which it can be prevented; and
WHEREAS, A great many suicides are preventable and the number of suicides can be reduced through awareness, education, and treatment; and
WHEREAS, There are numerous organizations that work toward providing awareness and help individuals who may suffer from self-destructive behavior, such as suicide; and
WHEREAS, These organizations are dedicated to understanding the roots and dynamics of self-destructive behavior and alleviating the resulting social problems for the purposes of saving and creating more meaningful lives; and
WHEREAS, Providing suicide prevention awareness on a statewide level may help decrease the number of suicide attempts and deaths in California; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the month of September 2012 is hereby designated as Suicide Prevention Month in the State of California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.