Last Friday was World Suicide Prevention Day, a day observed by the health care community to raise awareness, promote healthy behaviors and help those suffering from mental health issues. Suicide rates have seen a 33% increase since 1990, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the problem, with hospitals across the country reporting a 24% increase in mental health emergency visits by children ages 5-11 years old and a 31% increase for students ages 12-17 between March and May 2020. As the U.S. comes to terms with the mental health crisis, it is vital to be aware of key legislation spearheading behavioral health reform. Read More >>>

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