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S.J.Res. 53 (99th): A joint resolution to authorize and request the President to designate the month of June 1985 as “Youth Suicide Prevention Month”.


The text of the resolution below is as of May 15, 1985 (Passed Congress).


99 STAT. 70                      PUBLIC LAW 99-38-MAY 15, 1985
                  Public Law 99-38
                  99th Congress
                                             Joint Resolution
 May 15, 1985     To authorize and request the President to designate the month of June 1985 as
 [S.J. Res. 53]                         "Youth Suicide Prevention Month".

                  Whereas the youth of society represent the hope for the future;
                  Whereas the rate of youth suicide has increased more than threefold
                    in the last two decades;
                  Whereas over five thousand young Americans took their lives last
                    year, many more attempted suicide, and countless families were
                    affected;
                  Whereas youth suicide is a phenomenon which must be addressed by
                    a concerned society; and
                  Whereas youth suicide is a national problem which can only be
                    solved through the combined efforts of individuals, families,
                    communities, organizations, and government to educate society:
                    Now, therefore, be it
                    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
                  States of America in Congress assembled, That the month of June
                  1985 is designated as "Youth Suicide Prevention Month" and the
                  President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation call-
                  ing upon the Governors of the several States, the chief officials of
                  local governments, and the people of the United States to observe
                  such month with appropriate programs and activities.
                    Approved May 15, 1985.




                  LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S.J. Res. 53:
                  CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 131 (1985):
                      Mar. 28, considered and passed Senate.
                      May 7, considered and passed House.