House, Senate Committees to Hear Suicide Prevention Plan

The House Committee on Health and Human Services, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, and the Senate Committee on Human Services will hold a joint informational briefing on suicide prevention at the State Capitol at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Suicide is a global health concern that can have devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. In Hawai`i, suicide is the leading cause of fatal injury death. One person dies by suicide every two days in our state.

In response to this public health issue, the Hawai`i State Legislature introduced and passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 66 during the 2016 Legislative Session. HCR 66 requested that the Prevent Suicide Hawaii Taskforce (PSHTF) recommend a strategic plan to reduce suicides in Hawai`i by at least 25 percent by the year 2025 (adapted from the national campaign, “20 percent by 2025”).

The PSHTF is a statewide network of public, private, government, and community partners that collaborates around suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention in Hawaii.

The purpose of this briefing will be to allow the PSHTF’s strategic planning committee, a temporary group formed in response to HCR 66, to present its preliminary recommendations to the Legislature. In addition, updated information, data, and resources regarding suicide prevention and intervention to grieving families in Hawaii will be provided.

Some of the taskforce recommendations and proposals may become bills and resolutions introduced in the upcoming 2018 Legislative session.

If you or someone you know needs help, do not hesitate to reach out:
· Crisis Line of Hawaii – 832-3100 (Oahu) or 1-800-753-6879 (Neighbor Islands)
· National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
· Crisis Text Line – text “ALOHA” to 741-741

Olelo will broadcast the hearing live on Channel 54.