BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – Continuing his advocacy for mental health and in order to increase awareness during Suicide Prevention Month, state Rep. Dan Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, is reminding neighbors of the importance of improving and maintaining their mental health. Last May, Didech supported legislation that updated state policies to include updated research and additional measures related to suicide prevention, education, and treatment.
“While there is so much more work to be done, we must continue to advocate for policies that help people access the resources they need to improve their mental health and receive the compassionate care they deserve,” said Didech. “While we’ve made much progress in improving access to mental health care, we are always looking for ways to better address the needs of those who suffer, or are at risk of suffering.
The Didech-backed Senate Bill 1425 aims to enhance coordination and support for suicide prevention policies in Illinois. The legislation includes 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 also requires 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. A recent study by the CDC showed that 40% of American adults struggled with mental health issues caused by the pandemic.
“As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, mental health awareness is now more important than ever. During the COVID-19 pandemic, factors like isolation and financial concerns have people feeling overwhelmed and anxious about private and public issues, both big and small,” Didech said. “I want people to know, especially during this pandemic, that there is hope and there is help especially in those moments when that doesn’t seem to be possible.”
If you or someone you know may be thinking about harming themselves, please call 1-800-273-8255 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org for immediate help. Residents who want to share their thoughts or seek assistance with any state issues can reach Didech at 847-478-9909 or by email at Info@repdidech.com.
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