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Understanding Youth Suicide and Prevention (Act 71) - 2017

Part of PAIU

This Learning Path helps participants understand youth suicide and what they can and should be doing to prevent it. Participants will be able to complete the four hours of suicide prevention training to meet the requirements set forth in Act 71 of 2014. This law requires school entities to: (1) adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy; and (2) provide ongoing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in buildings serving students in grades 6-12. 

As of the 2015-2016 school year, districts are required to provide professional development to educators and staff of students grade 6-12 regarding suicide prevention. For each suicide death among young people, there may be as many as 100–200 suicide attempts (McIntosh, 2010). Approximately one out of every 15 high school students attempts suicide each year (CDC, 2010a). In this learning path, participants will review the prevalence of suicide, risk factors, warning signs, school-related epidemiology, protective factors, and prevention.