Federal Advocacy

Mental Health and Well-Being

The Trevor Project believes that appropriate health and mental health care is essential to preventing suicide and is a fundamental right for all young people. Unfortunately, only 61% of youth who need mental health services actually receive care1.

To stand up for young people who still need support and for those who are receiving restricted or discriminatory care, Trevor is advocating for policies that ensure the services they access are culturally competent, inclusive and affordable.

GARRETT LEE SMITH MEMORIAL ACT (S.116/H.R. 2734)

Passed in 2004, The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) was the first national youth suicide prevention bill and provided $83 million over 3 years for youth suicide prevention programs nationwide. Congress has continued to show strong support for these programs by continuing this funding. Now, the bill needs to be reauthorized or this crucial funding may disappear.

Reauthorizing the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act will:

  • Continue to fund the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the National Best Practices Registry.
  • Increase authorization for state and tribal programs to $32 million annually.
  • Increase authorization for higher education programs to $7 million annually.

Status: Sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Jack Reed and by Congressmen Bill Cassidy and Danny Davis.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health.