Jim Ramstad: Recovery Act must address suicide prevention

  • Article by: Jim Ramstad
  • Updated: August 17, 2009 - 3:11 PM
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strib4meAug. 17, 09 5:39 PM

FIX IT FIX IT FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MoojaAug. 17, 09 5:43 PM

it's all just other peoples money anyway.

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fouledanchorAug. 17, 09 6:43 PM

Mr. Ramstad: You wrote, "Suicide prevention was a glaring omission from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." and, "Surely, some of the hundreds of stimulus billions yet to be spent could be invested in immediately saving lives". Question: Would you like a bailout, too? Good grief, you sound like a little kid, "Billy and Bobby each got a cookie; where's mine"?

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RandiReitanAug. 17, 09 8:34 PM

I am glad you are concerned about suicide prevention. There is another area where suicide is a deep concern. We have a gay son. He actually took a class at Harvard with your wife. Gay rights has become a passion for me as a mother of a gay son. We have met so many young people who have contemplated suicide in our work for gay righs. We need that problem addressed as well. I wish I could speak to you. Randi Reitan

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rhankinsAug. 17, 09 9:15 PM

Seriously? How is "suicide prevention" an omission from an economy-related bill? Suicide is a troubling issue, but is this duty for the federal government? I understand that having large, encompassing bills empowers congress and simplifies the political process, but is there anything at all that doesn't belong in the economic recovery bill?

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yen7565Aug. 17, 09 9:59 PM

Job creation IS the business of Federal government. Allocating funds to a non-profit that already has a suicide prevention business model in place can be used for intake, analytical reporting, and referral services until Congress figures out how to incent businesses to hire people whose unemployment benefits have expired, or are on the Federal Extension Program. People need reason to believe they can get their lives back in order.

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roysandstromAug. 17, 0910:12 PM

we are driving people to DRINK with marijuana laws as they are now. Cops see an alternative to the war on drugs which would SAVE $$$$ to help fund health care (www.leap.cc), not to mention having CD/MI Treatment available on request (it is often denied people now with insurance too)....btw good point on suicide but lets look at ALL mental health needs and the insurance companies needed a federal law snuck into last years federal stimulas bill for parity (they fought it for 15 years as they denied coverage for mental health-www.nami.org-NEVER trust an insurance company)

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SLM001Aug. 17, 0910:54 PM

"Job creation IS the business of Federal government". Really? Can you show me where this is located in our constitution? You might want to read the bill of rights, start at the bottom with number ten.

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yen7565Aug. 17, 0911:50 PM

Preamble: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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