NEW HAVEN, CT — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced Connecticut’s Department of Public Health was chosen as one of nine recipients to receive a total of $3.5 million over five years to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. With continued funding, the CT Department of Public Health will receive $700,000 annually from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to achieve a 10 percent reduction in suicide and suicide attempts among vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ, homeless, veterans, tribal populations, rural communities, and others.
As Chair of the House subcommittee that determines federal spending for the CDC, DeLauro’s fiscal year 2020 spending bill included a total of $10 million in CDC funding for suicide prevention. This is the first-ever dedicated funding for this purpose.
“When I led the fight to include this dedicated funding in my spending bill, we could have never predicted that the need for these programs would intensify with the spread of a pandemic,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death in this country for people ages ten to thirty-four. With more than half of Americans reporting the coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, COVID-19 has brought with it an impending mental health crisis. I am proud to see Connecticut once again leading the fight. With this federal funding, the CT Department of Public Health will lead the nation on a path to reverse the increasing suicide trends and contribute to the national goal of reducing suicide by 20 percent by 2025.”
As part of the Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program, this federal funding to the CT Department of Public Health will be used to convene multi-sectoral partnerships, leverage existing suicide prevention programs, and prioritize data to identify vulnerable populations and to better characterize risk and protective factors impacting suicide.
“As we spread awareness this Suicide Prevention Month, I will continue the fight to ensure there is adequate federal funding to help anyone feeling disconnected, anxious, and stressed,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “If we fail to do our part to support each other now, during the pandemic, we will continue to feel the mental health ramifications of this crisis for generations to come.”