For Immediate Release: Delegate Gooditis' Bill to Prevent Suicide Unanimously Passes House and Senate

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March. 1st, 2018

Delegate Gooditis’ Bill to Prevent Suicide Unanimously Passes House and Senate

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill to help prevent suicides, authored by Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke County) unanimously passed both chambers of the General Assembly and is now headed to Governor Northam’s desk.

HB 569 requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report on its anti-suicide activities annually to the Virginia General Assembly and Governor. The measure has personal significance for Delegate Gooditis, who lost her brother to alcoholism and PTSD two weeks into her candidacy for office.

“Look around you, left and right. There is no one who hasn’t been touched by the scourge of suicide. HB 569 makes it easier to tackle this complex but solvable problem.” said Delegate Gooditis. “I remain committed to solving this issue. I will fight so that no more mothers or fathers or brothers or sisters or uncles or aunts have to lose their loved ones to suicide.”


Legislative Aide Truman Braslaw

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Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November, 2017. A woman of many talents, Wendy has worked as a technologist at Bell Laboratories, made the short list for the U.S. Olympic Team as an equestrian, taught in the Clarke County public schools, and sold real estate. She lives in Boyce, Virginia with her husband, six horses, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.