Suicide Prevention Training
New bill could require school personnel training to help youth
The teachers, and other middle school and high school personnel would have to get suicide prevention training under a bill passed by a senate committee Monday.
The bill, by Anchorage Senator Bettye Davis, would require a minimum of two hours training annually.
The training would help educators identify warning signs for suicide among students in grades 7 through 12.
“The earlier that you can work with a youth to deal with those contributing factors – like depression, and substance abuse, and violence at home, and other adverse childhood experiences, the quicker you can help them get on the right track, to where we're avoiding those escalations that can lead to suicide."Alaska’s suicide rate leads the nation and is double the national average.