State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) recently introduced legislation that would designate the Saturday before Thanksgiving as “Ohio Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.”


In Ohio, suicide was the second leading cause of death from ages 15 to 24 in 2013.  On average, one person dies by suicide every six hours.  House Bill 440 would create a day, in accordance with the international designated date, to recognize those Ohioans who have been affected by suicide loss. 


“The legislation is a step to acknowledge and to honor those families, friends, and loved ones who have been affected by suicide in their lives,” Rep. Anielski said.  “The silent epidemic that is plaguing our nation knows no age, geographical, or socioeconomic limits.  I hope this day will serve as a time of healing and comfort for so many across our state.”


House Bill 440 has been referred to the House State Government Committee.


 

 
 
 
  
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