Hassan Hosts Roundtable on Youth Suicide Prevention and His STANDUP Law with NH Students and Mental Health Advocates | News, Sports, Jobs



MANCHESTER — On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan hosted a panel discussion on youth suicide prevention with students, educators, and mental health and suicide prevention advocates from Granite State at the Manchester School of Technology . She explained how her bipartisan STANDUP law, which is now law, will strengthen mental health resources for young people and help prevent youth suicide. Leaders from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, NAMI NH, Connor’s Climb and other mental health organizations, as well as student advocates, attended today’s roundtable.

“I also just have to shout out to all the young people here in particular, but also young people all over New Hampshire. You have all really led the charge on the need to address mental health in our schools and in our broader youth community,” Senator Hassan told attendees at the event this morning. “The courage to do this has really changed the conversation and it’s so important when the stigma exists, that people challenge that stigma – and the young people in New Hampshire have really stepped up and helped us do that.”

“We talk about mental health today in a way that only a few years ago was unimaginable, again, because of the stigma associated with mental illness,” Senator Hassan also said. “I was really struck and find it really heartbreaking that when I speak to young people in New Hampshire, many of them have a friend, family member or classmate who has attempted suicide or is died. It’s really striking for me and, frankly, it’s striking for a lot of adults in our community.

Hassan went on to explain how his STANDUP law will address student concerns by encouraging schools to implement evidence-based policies and training so that teachers and administrators can have the tools they need to spot the signs ahead. -suicide runners. It also requires the administration to publish best practices in student suicide awareness and prevention, as well as provide technical assistance to help schools implement these policies.

Hassan is dedicated to supporting young people in New Hampshire and ensuring they have the mental health resources they need. Senator Hassan has worked to set up a new 9-8-8 suicide prevention hotline and recently announced $338,302 she is working to get New Hampshire to help the state implement place the hotline. Last month, Senator Hassan joined the introduction of a bill to establish a new federal grant program to hire and retain mental health care providers in schools. The latest government funding bill that Senator Hassan helped pass also includes $120 million for Project AWARE, which will expand efforts to identify and help children and youth in need of mental health care, and 111 million dollars for Ministry of Education programs designed to increase the availability of mental health services in schools.





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