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'Hannah's Bill' to prevent suicides advances at Utah Capitol

'Hannah's Bill' to prevent suicides advances at Utah Capitol (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - She lost her teenage daughter to suicide.

On Friday, Laura Warburton was on the Utah House floor, when a bill named after Hannah Warburton passed without a single no vote.

"My daughter is amazing. She's no longer here," said Laura, after the House tally. "She was class officer, strong, helped me pass bills up here. She was one strong girl."

The measure, House Bill 41, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, would set up a 24/7 "statewide mental health crisis line," staffed by a real person, "a mental health therapist or a crisis worker."

Laura said she does not delve into "what ifs," but moments before her suicide, Hannah---who suffered concussions---called her therapist. Laura said there was no help.

"So she didn't get through to anything," Laura said. "And within minutes, she took her own life."

With Hannah's bill, Laura Warburton said there will be "no waiting, no answering machines."

Several years ago, a similar bill was tried at the Capitol, but failed.

Now, Hannah's bill goes to the Senate, where Senator Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley, will carry the measure.

A national suicide prevention hotline already exists. It's 1-800-273-TALK.

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