Protecting Virginia's Youth
In VA, suicide is the third leading cause of death for individuals aged 10-24 years old. In Loudoun County, the youth suicide a rate is higher than the state average and is up 500% over the previous year. In Fairfax County, 16 young people committed suicide in 2014 and in 2015 6% of 12th graders had attempted suicide. Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death—but only if we take action. As a Delegate, Hannah will advocate for in-school suicide prevention curricula and more accessible, less stigmatized, mental health services. Governor McAuliffe has already pushed for an increase of $31 million to fund behavioral health programs. She will work with this budget expansion to improve the services we provide in Virginia District 67.