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Suicide prevention bill to be discussed in the House

April 22, 2002
By: Sonya Marie Harper
State Capital Bureau

This week the house is scheduled to discuss the suicide prevention bill.

Sonya Harper has more from Jefferson City.

Legislators have found a way to combat suicides in Missouri with the suicide prevention bill.

This bill would require the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services to design and implement a state suicide prevention plan.

The plan would include promoting workplace programs for employees experiencing depression or other psychiatric illnesses.

Actuality:JOHNSON.WAV
RunTime: 11
OutCue: "a public health issue"
Contents: Representative Johnson says that this is a piece of legislation that follows the reccommendation of US Surgeon General David Satcher who two years ago made suicide a public health issue.

Bill Sponser Representative Connie Johnson also says that this bill is important because Missouri ranks seventh in the nation for suicides.