Sen. Hatch's suicide prevention bill advances

Sen. Hatch intercepts tax reform critics. (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Senator Orrin Hatch issued a statement Wednesday morning, after the Senate Commerce Committee voted to advance his critical suicide prevention legislation.

"“Over the last year, I’ve met with countless families who have lost loved ones to suicide,” Hatch said. “The parents I spoke with said that in their moments of crisis, they didn’t know where to turn for help. While there is no perfect solution to this devastating problem, I believe this legislation will help."

The bill aims to provide people suffering with faster, easier access to life saving resources.

Hatch's bill would create an easy-to-remember 3-digit suicide hotline, similar to 911. This resource would connect those in peril to crisis resources, such as the 24/7 CrisisLine call center that Senator Hatch recently visited in Utah.

"I believe we can save lives," Hatch says. "I’m thrilled that this bill has passed through committee, and I hope the Senate will advance it as quickly as possible.”

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