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NH Senior Advocates Back Suicide Prevention

August 27, 2007

A bill meant to reduce suicide among seniors faces an uncertain fate in Congress. Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced the "Stop Senior Suicide Act" in June, but it has attracted few co-sponsors in the Senate, including none from New Hampshire. Dr. Betty Welsh of the geriatrics program at Elliot Hospital in Manchester is disappointed with the lack of support. She says the act would go a long way to focus attention on the suicide crisis for seniors, who are among the most likely people to attempt suicide.

"First and foremost, we want to bring awareness out for everybody, including the seniors themselves. Second, is training of what we call gatekeepers, so they could reach out and let somebody know how to get help or where to access help."

Welsh explains that awareness can lead to effective treatment. The many forms of therapy available can help more than 90 percent of elderly sufferers overcome depression. The Act would boost mental health services for seniors, as well as funding senior suicide prevention and intervention efforts.

"It doesn't really matter whether you have one day more to live or you have 100 years more to live. Every day is valuable to every human being and we need to do everything we can to make sure that every day is of high quality."

Welsh believes the bill would help increase the quality of life for many seniors.

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH