Las Vegas against helping pass state legislation focused on suicide awareness and mental health resources

Las Vegas against helping pass state legislation focused on suicide awareness and mental health resources

LAS VEGAX (KTNV) — Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 8- to 24-year-olds in Nevada.

The number of suicides in this age group has skyrocketed during the pandemic and has shown no signs of slowing down.

For this reason, a group of local teens came together to find a way to end the stigma around mental health and provide resources to their peers in need.

“We hope to change that statistic and eventually, one day, hope there will be no suicides in Nevada. We’ve definitely made an impact in our community and made it easier for people to open up. Of course, there’s always stigma around mental health; it’s not something that’s going to change overnight or in a matter of months, but I think we’re moving in the right direction,” said Lauren Edgeworth, a high school girl from Las Vegas.

In the spring of 2020, when the pandemic was just beginning, Lauren and her sister realized how many teenagers their age struggled with mental health.

The two penned some ideas and joined Nevada Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop in securing two major victories for Nevada students.

Together, they passed Senate Bill 249, where they were able to get three mental health days approved a year for students, and have the National Suicide Hotline number printed on all school cards. school identity.

“During this pandemic period, we have had several children in their lives. As a mother of three daughters and a grandmother of five grandchildren currently in school, it is very concerning. am I able to work with teenagers and say what do we need next? What can I do next with you guys to make this even better?,” Dondero Loop said.

The teenagers are members of Hope Means Nevada. The Hope Means Nevada Campaign, made possible by a $1.5 million donation from SilverSummit Healthplan, is actively working to reduce the number of suicides in Nevada.

Crisis support is available for people in difficulty. The National Suicide Hotline is ready to take calls any day or time, their number is 988.

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