Introduced Bill Would Develop Suicide Prevention Training For School Staff

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Lincoln, Neb. It's a staggering statistic, 1 in 7 kids have considered suicide according to a recent report.

Now there's a push at the Capitol to get those kids more help.
Senator Amanda McGill is pushing hard on this issue. She says that's why she's looking towards school staff to help look for those warning signs of depression.

LB-923 would require the Department of Education to work withe behavioral health experts to develop suicide training for teachers, administrators, school nurses and other appropriate personnel.
Amie Nelson's sister committed suicide at the age of 16. Nelson can remember how isolated they can feel.

"They do feel alone. It can be a very isolating feeling and it's very difficult feeling how to explain your loved one died," said Nelson.

One-hour of training would be provided within the current framework of in-service training programs already in place.

"Teachers and parents can be overwhelmed by depression in their youth and don't know what to do, where to turn to, what resources," said McGill.

If passed, it would be up to the Department of Education on how to conduct these sessions for all school districts.

Nelson says being able to recognize the signs and able to persuade that person to get help if necessary can all help to prevent suicide.