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“Everyone understands that youth suicide
prevention is important,” said Mevis. “It’s largely
been a non-contentious program to get funded and
in this environment I think we are pretty lucky.”
adults on college campuses to make sure they are
able to complete their studies and have a successful
While the climate of spending cuts may impede
reauthorization, said Mevis, the bill has support in
Legislative aide Kate Mevis encouraged psychologists
to continue to show their support for the Garrett Lee
Smith Memorial Act, a youth suicide prevention law
that is up for reauthorization.
But the program will fare best if psychologists
can continue to stay involved and reach out to their
legislators and encourage their colleagues to do the
same, she said.
“We can’t do it without you,” she said. n
Brent Jaquet applauded psychology leaders for promoting GPE on
Capitol Hill during such a key time in government spending.
Ask your legislator to co-sponsor the Garrett Lee
Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011 at