SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing her efforts to support police and fire, and other first responders, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, recently passed a resolution creating the First Responders Suicide Task Force.
“Our law enforcement and other first responders need resources to help protect their mental and emotional wellbeing, as their daily work often places them in extremely high-pressure and dangerous situations,” said Hurley. “The work of first responders can be very demanding and stressful as they work to keep our local communities safe.”
Hurley’s House Joint Resolution 54, which passed out of the Illinois House with overwhelming bipartisan support, creates the First Responders Suicide Task Force to help search for solutions and pursue recommendations to help reduce the risk and rates of suicide amongst first responders.
“Under this legislation, we will continue advocating for solutions to address the recent spike we have seen in suicides and other mental health issues among first responders,” continued Hurley. “I will continue fighting to ensure that police officers, firefighters and other first responders have access to much-needed mental health resources and education.”
For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.