Bizzarro submits resolution designating Nov. 22 Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day
HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro today introduced a resolution in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives designating Nov. 22, 2020 as Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day.
Bizzarro, D-Erie, said he is championing the resolution to draw attention to the heroes that communities across Pennsylvania have lost, as well as those who may continue to be lost if the current public health epidemic goes unaddressed. The date further serves as a reminder of the estimated 22 veterans who die by suicide daily.
“The brave women and men in our armed forces have selflessly sacrificed much in service to our country and we have an obligation to serve and support them. I want each and every veteran to know there are resources available to help them heal from the scars of war,” expressed Bizzarro.
House Resolution 1024 urges family members and care providers to initiate free and confidential conversations with Veterans Health Administration Providers via the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat or via text to 838255.
“It saddens me to know the United States loses more than 8,000 veterans to suicide each year. Especially during the current pandemic that has amplified mental stress and anxiety, it is more critical than ever to recognize veterans’ suicide as a public health crisis. We have to work earnestly to make sure these men and women who have given our nation so much know there is no shame in seeking help and to make it easy for vets and their families to reach out,” Bizzarro explained.
Bizzarro encourages residents to contact his office at 814-835-2880 to connect with state resources and the veterans’ liaison.