|Posted:||June 18, 2013 03:26 PM|
|From:||Representative Frank Farina|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Suicide Prevention and Awareness Education|
|I am preparing to introduce legislation which will encourage all school districts, charter schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools to adopt policies dealing with the prevention of youth suicide in grades 6 - 12.
Suicide plagues children, families and communities every day. Most signs of suicide are often overlooked and can be avoided if the proper actions are taken and if the signs of suicide are noticed and tended to in a timely manner. Some schools already have in place a policy relating to suicide prevention, but a policy that is weak or inconsistent or lacks the input of mental health professionals may fail to help troubled students.
My proposal will strengthen suicide prevention techniques and resources in public school entities throughout the Commonwealth by:
My legislation will assist in preventing youth suicide across the Commonwealth, leading to a healthier and safer learning environment and a much brighter future for our students. Thank you for your consideration of this proposed legislation.
Introduced as HB1559