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President Trump signs Senator Hatch’s suicide hotline act into law

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 17:20:33-04

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed Senator Orrin  Hatch’s (R-UT) Suicide Hotline Improvement Act into law Tuesday afternoon.

Hatch and Rep. Christ Stewart (R-UT) introduced the legislation last May, and, “has been working with House leaders to advance the bill to a vote,” a statement released by Hatch’s office said.

The act passed the United State Senate and House of Representatives July 23 and made it’s way to President Trump’s desk for signature.

Hatch called the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, “a first step in helping those contemplating suicide.” It will connect callers directly to trained crisis workers when the hotline is reached.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Utahns can also visit Hope4Utah and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for additional resources. You can also download the SafeUT app for instant, confidential crisis services.