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Upton Takes to House Floor to Recognize Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.

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Washington, September 22, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today took to the House Floor to recognize Suicide Prevention Month. Upton highlighted his personal experiences with suicide, the third annual Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk that takes place in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as the bipartisan mental health reform legislation the House advanced in July.

“Last week, I was in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park for the Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk,” said Upton. “A beautiful young woman named Kait stood before the crowd of more than 100 and she read a stirring poem she had written about being bullied and, as a result, how she harbored thoughts about suicide. Hearing her deeply personal story broke everyone’s hearts. And as a father of two young adults my thoughts quickly turned to them. When she finished, I followed up with her and told her she’s not alone. Anyone considering suicide or having suicidal thoughts should know the same: You are not alone and there is always help and options available. Suicide is not an issue that can linger in the shadows. We must confront it and the underlying issues behind it – together.” 

Click HERE to watch Upton's full remarks.

Upton’s remarks, as prepared, can be found here.

Kait’s stirring poem, as prepared, can be found here.

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