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Youth Suicide Prevention

Overview

Youth suicide, a leading cause of death among young people in Utah, is a major public health concern. This Web site offers guidance and resources for implementing prevention programs in your school and community.

Legislation

In the 2013 session, the Utah legislature passed HB 154, Youth Suicide Prevention, which requires school districts and charter schools to implement a youth suicide prevention program for students in grades 7 – 12. The Utah State Office of Education provides leadership and technical assistance to districts as they implement effective, research based, sustainable programs in each secondary school. Model youth suicide prevention programs will be identified and/or developed for implementation. Collaboration at the state and local level with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, local agencies and prevention organizations is key to the success of implementing model programs.

The full text of the bill, HB 154 Youth Suicide Prevention, can be found at: http://le.utah.gov/~2013/bills/hbillenr/HB0154.pdf

Request for Funding

House Bill 329, Programs for Youth Protection, passed by the Utah State Legislature in April 2014, provides money for schools to implement evidence-based practices and programs, or emerging best practices and programs for preventing youth suicide.

HB 329 Memorandum
Request for Funding
Request for Funding Part D Suidice Prevention Program Chart

News

November 4, 2013
Information given to Superintendents.

Suicide Prevention Training for Licensing

http://www.uen.org/suicidepreventiontraining/

Contact Information

Cathy Davis
Suicide Prevention Specialist | cathy [dot] davis [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (E-mail)

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) or 911 immediately!