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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
National suicide prevention month
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
June 23, 2017 - Introduced by Senators L. Taylor, Bewley, Carpenter, Wirch,
Ringhand, Shilling, Darling and Moulton, cosponsored by Representatives
Jacque, Schraa, Milroy, Anderson, Hintz, Horlacher, Pope, Berceau,
Fields, Ballweg, Subeck, Spreitzer, Bowen, Allen, Zepnick, C. Taylor,
Petryk, Tittl, Kleefisch, Ohnstad, Thiesfeldt, Bernier, Kessler,
Brandtjen and Murphy. Referred to Committee on Senate Organization.
SJR62,1,1 1Relating to: recognizing September as National Suicide Prevention Month.
SJR62,1,62 Whereas, suicide is a national health crisis, with the Center for Disease Control
3and Prevention reporting that, in 2014, 1.1 million Americans attempted to take
4their own lives and 42,773 Americans took their own lives, making suicide the tenth
5leading cause of death in the United States and underscoring that approximately
6every 12.3 minutes we lose a life to this crisis; and
SJR62,1,107 Whereas, the effect of a single suicide is devastating, resulting in anguish and
8sadness on the part of all those who knew the victim, and this damage can consume
9a community, forever draining that community of its vitality, innocence, and
10happiness; and
SJR62,2,211 Whereas, suicide affects all races, genders, and age groups, with an estimated
12quarter million people each year that are suicide survivors, and there are numerous

1factors such as depression, abuse, alcohol or drug dependency, bullying, and other
2mental illnesses that contribute to suicide; and
SJR62,2,53 Whereas, education and awareness are crucial tools in the fight to prevent
4suicides and may serve to create a deliberative forum in which persons may seek
5help; and
SJR62,2,86 Whereas, the legislature has an opportunity to lead and offer openness as well
7as understanding about the causes, effects, and circumstances of those
8contemplating self-harm; and
SJR62,2,129 Whereas, September is designated as National Suicide Prevention Month to
10spread knowledge and awareness and provide an opportunity for those who have lost
11a loved one to suicide or someone who has contemplated suicide themselves to share
12their experiences; now, therefore, be it
SJR62,2,14 13Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the legislature
14hereby proclaims September as National Suicide Prevention Month in Wisconsin.
SJR62,2,1515 (End)