Rep. Gilbert R. Cisneros’ message for National Suicide Prevention Month
I want to start off by thanking all our firefighters and first responders in the 39th District and across California who are tirelessly battling wildfires in our state. They’re working day and night to keep our communities safe, and I’m incredibly grateful for their service. Please keep their safety in your thoughts and prayers.
September marks National Suicide Prevention Month. I want you to know that you are not alone, and there are resources out there for you and your loved ones who may be in crisis.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support. You can also text HOME to 741741 for the The Crisis Text Line. For more information and resources, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
I know that this is a serious issue in our country, especially as this pandemic has taken a huge toll on everyone’s mental health. I’ve been working with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to provide the support the American people need.
Last month, I introduced a bipartisan bill that provides tools and resources for our frontline healthcare workers to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions. This past week, I spoke during the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on my bipartisan bill to STOP Veteran Suicide and Substance Abuse Act. I know that there’s more work that needs to be done, and I’m committed to reaching across party lines, on this issue and every issue, to help the American people.
Also, I wanted to share that recently Orange County moved from the purple to red tier in the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system—opening up more parts of our community. While this is good news, we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the proper safety precautions. We cannot go backwards. Follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and practice safe hygiene habits. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.
Member of Congress