PRINTER'S NO.  4422

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

No.

980

Session of

2010

  

  

INTRODUCED BY MURT, BELFANTI, BEYER, BOYLE, BRADFORD, CALTAGIRONE, DALEY, DENLINGER, DiGIROLAMO, DONATUCCI, EVERETT, FLECK, GEIST, GILLESPIE, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GOODMAN, GRELL, HARHART, HARKINS, HELM, HESS, KOTIK, MAJOR, MANN, MARSICO, MILLARD, MOUL, M. O'BRIEN, OLIVER, O'NEILL, PARKER, PHILLIPS, QUINN, READSHAW, REICHLEY, ROCK, ROEBUCK, SANTONI, SCHRODER, SIPTROTH, K. SMITH, SONNEY, STERN, SWANGER, TRUE, VEREB, VULAKOVICH, WATSON AND YOUNGBLOOD, OCTOBER 4, 2010

  

  

INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, OCTOBER 4, 2010  

  

  

  

A RESOLUTION

  

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Promoting youth suicide prevention education for all

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administrative, teaching and counseling personnel in all

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public and private high schools in Pennsylvania.

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WHEREAS, In 2006, 2007 and 2008, there were 154 suicides in

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Pennsylvania in which the victim was 20 years of age or younger

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and an average of one suicide every week involved a high school

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age victim; and

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WHEREAS, In 2006, almost 1,100 Pennsylvania youth 15 to 19

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years of age made a suicide attempt that required

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hospitalization, indicating that an average of three older teens

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are hospitalized because of a suicide attempt every day; and

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WHEREAS, Suicide is the third leading cause of death for

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young people in this Commonwealth; and

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WHEREAS, The Centers for Disease Control's 2009 Youth Risk

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Behavior Surveillance Survey found that in the previous 12

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months more than 13% of Pennsylvania high school students

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seriously considered suicide, almost 10% planned suicide and

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nearly 6% made a suicide attempt; and

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WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Task

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Force's Five Year Action Plan calls for suicide prevention

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education for teachers and students by July 2012; and

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WHEREAS, Signs of possible suicide risk or suicidal behavior

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may affect school performance or be otherwise evident in the

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classroom or other school settings; and

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WHEREAS, Suicide is a preventable community health problem

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among youth and other age groups; therefore be it

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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives encourage all of

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the more than 1,000 public and private high schools and the 500

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school districts in Pennsylvania to facilitate and further youth

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suicide prevention education for all administrative, teaching

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and counseling personnel in the 2010-2011 school year and every

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two years thereafter, and that this eduction familiarize high

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school personnel with the risk and protective factors for youth

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suicide, the warning and danger signs, the common myths and

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misconceptions of suicide and school and community resources

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offering help to students at risk of suicide.

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