2020 Candidates Propose Suicide Prevention Ideas Ranging From Gun Control To Expanded Mental Health Services
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, sound off on rising suicide rates with nearly 50,000 Americans dying every year.
Suicide Is A Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S. Here’s How Warren, Sanders, And Other Candidates Want To Help Change That
To bring down the rising suicide rate in the U.S., Cory Booker wants to appoint a federal coordinator tasked solely with suicide prevention. Amy Klobuchar wants to fund more local programs designed to prevent suicides among farmers and in tribal communities. Pete Buttigieg wants to add more mental health providers to the Department of Veterans Affairs and limit access to guns and other lethal means for people at high risk of suicide. The ideas came in response to a survey sent to 2020 presidential candidates by a new nonpartisan group called Mental Health For US. (Thielking, 8/27)
Meanwhile, Americans talk about what health issues are most important to them —
POLITICO-Harvard Poll: Americans Worried About Data Hacks, Want Higher Taxes On E-Cigs
One in four Americans report that their data has been hacked. And among those who have searched online for health information or products, about the same percentage are very concerned that it might be used to frustrate their efforts to get medical care, a job or health insurance, according to a new POLITICO/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll. The poll also showed increasing concern about the safety of e-cigarettes, with about twice as many respondents rating marijuana safer than vaping. (Allen, 8/26)