Representatives Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), John Katko (NY-24), and Angie Craig (MN-02) are fighting to increase mental health care options for producers and rural communities across the country. Brindisi led a group of Democrats and Republicans to introduce the Seeding Rural Resilience Act, a bipartisan bill to help address the growing rate of suicide in rural parts of the country.
From 1999 to 2016, suicide rates grew in nearly all 50 states. New York’s 22nd Congressional district has a higher rate of suicide than the state average. And according to the Center for Disease Control, the suicide rate is 45 percent higher in rural areas than in urban areas.