Suicide awareness training bill passes to governor unanimously

By Ashley Shuler
TheStatehouseFile.com 

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill requiring teachers and staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness is headed to the governor.

The latest version of House Bill 1430 combines its contents with Senate Bill 506, which creates more extensive suicide training requirements than the original House bill did.

The passed legislation requires the training every two years, establishes a state suicide prevention coordinator, trains health care providers about suicide, and requires schools and colleges to implement policies to prevent suicide, among other items.

Indiana ranks first in the nation for the rate of young people who have considered suicide and second in the rate of high school students who have attempted to kill themselves, according to a 2015 report from the Indiana Youth Institute.

The legislation passed the Senate 47-0 earlier this month and the House 84-0 Monday.

The bill now goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb, where he can sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

Correction: This story has been updated from its original version to indicate the rates, rather than the numbers of young people who have considered suicide and attempted suicide. TheStatehouseFile.com regrets the error.
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Ashley Shuler is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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