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 Suicide Prevention Resources

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