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Senate designates “Suicide Awareness Day,” brings attention to public health problem

Sucide awareness 1Every year, more than 1,000 Illinoisans die by suicide, representing nearly three deaths per day. Illinois teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 have the highest suicide attempt rate for any age group in the state.

In an effort to bring increased attention to the serious public health concern, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) passed a resolution recently declaring June 13, 2018 Suicide Awareness Day in Illinois.

The date was selected to honor the efforts of the family and friends of Stephen T. Sexton over the last 30 years to fund suicide prevention and awareness programs in Illinois through the Stephen T. Sexton Foundation.  Stephen Sexton committed suicide at age 27 on June 13, 1987 and, since 1987, the Foundation has provided more than $1 million in funding for these programs. 

If you or someone you know is displaying suicidal behavior, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Committee of the Whole; Commerce and Economic Development; Transportation.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representative(s): Elaine Nekritz, Scott Drury