SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing her advocacy for mental health, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, is supporting legislation that would update policies to include updated research and additional measures related to suicide prevention, education, and treatment.
“While we’ve made much progress in improving mental health care, we are always looking for ways to better address the needs of those who suffer from mental health issues,” Mussman said. “We must continue to advocate for policies that provide a comprehensive continuum of care for those at risk.”
The Mussman-backed Senate Bill 1425 aims to enhance coordination and support for suicide prevention policies in Illinois. The legislation would include updated research and recommendations from the National Suicide Prevention Strategy to encourage and assist primary care providers in including suicide prevention as a core component of their services. The legislation would also require the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop and submit proposals for funding from federal agencies or other sources of funding to promote suicide prevention.
“It is critical to have accurate data and input from experts when creating policies that aim to prevent suicide and address mental health needs,” Mussman said. “Far too many members of our community are affected by the tragedy of suicide, and I will continue to support legislation that takes necessary steps to ensure that we are doing all we can to prevent it.”
For more information, please contact Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.