House supports Olthoff’s youth suicide prevention bill

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would require school employees to attend or participate in youth-suicide awareness and prevention training passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives.

The law would require at least two hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training every two years for each teacher, administrator, counselor, nurse and specialist who provides services to students. The training would qualify for professional development credits.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear the statistics on youth suicide,” Olthoff said. “In 2014, there were 119 individuals age 15 to 24 who committed suicide in Indiana. In 2015, that number was up to 129. Lake and Marion counties have the highest numbers of suicide and with this bill we can drive those numbers down.”

Olthoff said more training for school employees on how to identify students who are contemplating suicide can potentially save precious lives.

The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information on Olthoff’s bill, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,

which includes a portions of Lake and Porter counties.

A high-resolution photo of Olthoff can be downloaded by clicking here.