Ohio officials discuss youth suicide prevention

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials are highlighting a new state law requiring schools to train teachers and staff on youth suicide prevention.

The bill from state Rep. Marlene Anielski (ahn-yel-SKEE’) took effect in March. But she appeared at a Tuesday news conference with former Ohio State president Gordon Gee (ghee) and Attorney General Mike DeWine to draw attention to the law.

This fall marks the first school year that teachers, nurses, counselors and others are required to get the training. It counts toward professional development training, along with topics such as dating violence prevention.

The Jason Foundation is providing free training materials to Ohio schools. The Hendersonville, Tenn.-based organization says about 600 Ohio educators have completed its training.

State lawmakers also recently passed a law designating Sept. 10 as “Ohio Suicide Prevention Day.”

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