Suicide awareness training bill passes House by unanimous vote
By Katie Stancombe
INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require all teachers and other staff members who have regular contact with students to be trained in youth suicide and prevention awareness passed through the House with a unanimous vote 93-0.
Author of the bill, Rep. Julie Olthoff, R-Merrilville, asked her fellow lawmakers to vote yes for the bill, saying that it was a small request that would have a large impact on Hoosier teens.
Indiana ranks first in the nation for the number of young people who have considered suicide and second in the number of youth who have attempted to kill themselves, according to a 2015 report from the Indiana Youth Institute.
Several lawmakers in support of the legislation testified, including Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, said he doesn’t want the Hoosier state to be in those rankings.
Katie Stancombe is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.