House Passes Bill to Increase Suicide Prevention Training in Schools
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-22), Scott Peters (CA-52), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and others to encourage schools to expand evidence-based suicide prevention training to students in grades 6 through 12.
The bipartisan Suicide and Threat Assessment Nationally Dedicated to Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act (H.R. 586) would provide training to students and schools for threat identification, triage, and intervention, as well as guidance and protocol for coordinating with local law enforcement using established school threat assessment models. It was developed in consultation with Sandy Hook Promise, founded by surviving parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
More than 20 states already require suicide prevention programs in schools, which demonstrate effective reductions in suicide, bullying, aggression, and violence between students. These programs have also decreased rates of expulsion and suspension.
"Youth suicide is a preventable public health crisis. We should be doing everything we can to identify and intervene before a young person harms themself or takes their own life," said Rep. Deutch. "I'm so thankful for the work of Sandy Hook Promise to develop lifesaving suicide prevention programs and proud that the House passed this bill to help train teachers and administrators to catch the warning signs and step in before it is too late."