***VIDEO FILE INCLUDED*** Rep. Susie Lee Hosts Mental Health Resources Town Hall on World Mental Health Day
Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) hosted a Facebook Live town hall to discuss mental health support and resources available to Nevadans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Lee was joined by mental and behavioral health professionals from Seven Hills Hospital; Southern Hills Hospital; the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services; VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System; and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Nevada.
“As a nation, we must remove the stigma around mental health,” said Rep. Lee. “Especially right now, in the middle of a pandemic, I will continue to push Congress to adopt policies that make it easier, not harder, for individuals suffering from mental illness to get the help they need. I can’t stress how critical this is especially in Nevada, which has one of the nation’s highest suicide rates, as well as limited availability of mental health professionals. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to bolster mental health support in our public schools, improve suicide prevention efforts, and expand mental health outreach for our veterans. But all of these policy goals start with conversations like today’s, and with a common understanding that anyone who needs help, should be able to get it.”
BACKGROUND: In August 2020, Rep. Lee introduced the Communities Serving Schools Act, which would provide grants to state and local education agencies to invest in wrap-around school services that assist with the health, well-being, and stability of students outside of the classroom, including mental health support for K-12 students.
In July 2020, Rep. Lee introduced the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Act, which would launch the Zero Suicide Initiative Pilot Program at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.