Dent in Mental Health heads to DC

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Lt. Erik Mollin (from left) of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Cyndi Boley, a member of You Are Enough, recently met with Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson, along with Holly Boles, a Pittsylvania County dispatcher and director of You Are Enough, and Jonathan Smith, founder of Putting a Dent in Mental Health.

On Dec. 10, Jonathan Smith, executive director of Putting a Dent in Mental Health and an EMT/firefighter for Franklin County Public Safety, and Lt. Erik Mollin of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recently joined International Association of Fire Chiefs and the You Are Enough organization in Washington, D.C.

During the trip, they met with members of Congress and became national endorsers of The Hero Act — also known as Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Act — a bill that, if passed, would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to report to Congress the number of suicides by first responders in a given calendar year and include risk factors, recommendations for further study and possible interventions to reduce suicide among first responders.

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