The Hill Report: Week of September 17 - September 21, 2018
Today, September 21st, is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to raise awareness and support for a cure to this debilitating disease that affects nearly 6 million Americans. I have seen firsthand the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s on not only the sufferer, but their loved ones as well. In August, I visited a Memories in the Making class for residents of the Memory Unit of the Plaza at Richardson. This program developed by the Alzheimer's Association allows individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia to express themselves through art. I appreciate the many efforts by organizations and programs like this to improve the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and will continue to support legislative efforts to encourage research that will lead to a cure.
This September we continue to recognize National Suicide Prevention Month. For far too many years, the federal government’s approach to mental health has been a chaotic patchwork of antiquated programs and ineffective policies across numerous agencies. Sadly, over the last 20 years, the rates of violence, suicide, homelessness, and incarceration among the mentally ill have increased because services are simply not available. In an effort to combat this issue, I have been actively engaged with several mental health professionals from North Texas, I have been in touch with leadership at the Dallas VA, and I have hosted two round table discussions in my Dallas Office to help address the needs of those living with mental illness.
We must continue to invest in programs that educate people and train counselors to identify mental illnesses and then help direct those affected towards suitable and productive treatment pathways. I look forward to continuing to work tirelessly with my colleagues, the Administration, and local leaders in Dallas to ensure that North Texas students, and all suffering from mental illness, receive the mental health support they need. Mental illness and suicide are national issues that can impact everyone and I welcome the opportunity to bring people together to address this critical issue.
Events in the District
2018 Children Mid-Autumn Festival
On Saturday, I went to the Children Mid-Autumn Festival at the Cali Saigon Mall in Garland. Traditionally for children the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the 8th Full Moon in the Lunar Calendar when the rice harvest ends. This fun and cultural evening celebrated many leaders in the city of Garland, GISD, and throughout North Texas who work to keep our communities strong for our future generations.
Congressman Sessions with fellow North Texans at the Children Mid-Autumn Festival in Garland, Texas.
Mary Kay Inc.
This week, I was delighted to visit the offices of Mary Kay Inc., a company with over 65,000 employees, many of whom live in our congressional district. I had the pleasure of meeting with employees to hear their concerns and answer their questions about my work in Washington. We had a robust discussion about important issues facing their industry and their families including trade policy, the benefits of tax reform, my efforts to combat human trafficking, and more. I deeply appreciated hearing their thoughts and look forward to continuing to work with them on these critical issues.