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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 43
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HCR043................................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE
SUICIDE - Stating findings of the Legislature recognizing the destructive
effects of suicide as a matter of great concern to the state of Idaho and
its citizens and encouraging efforts designed to prevent suicide and
rehabilitate those who survive suicide attempts.
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03/10 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote - to Senate
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 43
BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 RECOGNIZING THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF SUICIDE AS A MATTER OF GREAT CONCERN TO
3 THE STATE OF IDAHO AND ITS CITIZENS, AND ENCOURAGING EFFORTS DESIGNED TO
4 PREVENT SUICIDE AND REHABILITATE THOSE WHO SURVIVE SUICIDE ATTEMPTS.
5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 WHEREAS, nationally, Idaho consistently ranks among the top ten states
7 with the highest rate of suicide; and
8 WHEREAS, Idaho statistics indicate that suicide is the second leading
9 cause of death for persons 15 to 24 years of age, and the third leading cause
10 of death for persons 25 to 44 years of age; and
11 WHEREAS, Idaho's suicide rate for persons 10 to 14 years of age is double
12 the national average; and
13 WHEREAS, the actual number of suicides and suicide attempts may be as
14 great as four times the number reported since they are often classified as
15 either accidents or homicides; and
16 WHEREAS, while the suicide completion rate per 100,000 has remained rela-
17 tively stable over the past forty years for the general population, it has
18 nearly tripled for young people over the same time period; and
19 WHEREAS, the stigma associated with mental illness works against suicide
20 prevention by keeping persons at risk of completing suicide from seeking life-
21 saving help; and
22 WHEREAS, suicide is a complex, multifaceted biological, sociological, psy-
23 chological and societal problem; and
24 WHEREAS, even though many suicides are currently preventable, there is
25 great need for the development and use of more effective suicide prevention
26 programs; and
27 WHEREAS, suicide prevention efforts should be encouraged to the maximum
28 extent possible.
29 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
30 sion of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
31 the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislature and the Governor recognize
32 the destructive effects of suicide as a matter of great concern to the citi-
33 zens of Idaho and its leaders.
34 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor recognize that,
35 while no single suicide prevention program or effort is appropriate for all
36 populations or communities, strengthening efforts to prevent these tragedies
37 is a state priority.
38 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor encourage efforts
39 dedicated to preventing suicide, responding to people at risk for suicide and
40 people who have attempted suicide, promoting safe and effective treatment for
41 persons at risk of suicidal behavior, supporting those who have lost a loved
42 one to suicide, and developing an effective state strategy for the prevention
43 of suicide.
44 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor support educa-
1 tional efforts to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues and
2 urge that accessibility and affordability issues related to insurance and men-
3 tal health services be resolved so that all persons at risk for suicide may
4 obtain services.
5 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Idaho
6 Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Education Association.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation is intended to raise public awareness of the problems associated
with suicide, particularly among the younger population. Idaho has a serious
problem which needs to be addressed and awareness is the first step toward
working on solutions.
CONTACT: Rep. Max Black
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE HCR 43