A bill introduced by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to reduce suicides has cleared and is slated for consideration by the full senate.
If passed, the bill would create an easy to remember number, like 911, where people can call for help with suicidal thoughts or questions.
“Over the last year, I’ve met with countless families who have lost loved ones to suicide,” Hatch said in a prepared statement. “The parents I spoke with said that in their moments of crisis, they didn’t know where to turn for help. While there is no perfect solution to this devastating problem, I believe this legislation will help.”
While difficult to track exact numbers, there is a growing awareness of the number of active and retired firefighters who die by suicide. Groups like the International Association of Fire Fighters, National Volunteer Fire Council and the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance are working to track and prevent firefighter suicides.