“Far too many Americans are lost each year to suicide,” Elinore McCance-Katz, a psychiatrist and the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for mental health and substance abuse, said Thursday at the FCC hearing. “Yet we hear relatively little about this.”
“And unfortunately, though suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, very few resources are made available to address the situation, either at a national or a local level,” she said. “That is why today is such an important step.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.