On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 members of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention attended a bill signing for Georgia House Bill 198, the Jason Flatt Act - Georgia. This law requires teachers, counselors and other certified public school personnel to have yearly suicide prevention training. The law also requires each school district to adopt a policy on suicide prevention.
The new law includes the following requirements:
- The Department of Education must require all certificated public school personnel to receive annual training in suicide awareness and prevention as part of existing in-service training programs/professional development.
- The Department of Education must work with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Suicide Prevention Program, and suicide prevention experts to develop a list of approved training materials that will fulfill the new training requirements.
- Each local school system must adopt a policy on student suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, developed in consultation with school and community stakeholders, school employed mental health professionals, and suicide prevention experts.
- The Department of Education must establish a model suicide prevention policy for use by local school systems.
Resources and Webinars for Suicide Prevention Training
Understanding and Working with Teens who Self-Harm by Cynthia Ramirez, Ph.D, Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP)
Understanding & Working with Teens Who Self Harm
National Council for Behavioral Health
Additional Web Resources
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Weekly Spark, a newsletter/listserv sent out by The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Suicide Prevention and Ideation - Videos
Georgia Crisis Center Information
Behavioral Health Link
Georgia Crisis and Access Line