2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention:
Goal #7 / Objective 7.1: Thousands of first responders, crisis line volunteers, law enforcement professionals, clergy, teachers, school counselors, individuals working in the justice system and/or in law enforcement, and others who are on the frontlines of suicide prevention should be trained on suicide.
The Jason Foundation, Inc. series of online Staff Development Training Modules provide information on the awareness and prevention of youth suicide. These training modules are suitable for teachers, coaches, other school personnel, youth workers, first responders, foster parents and any adult who works with or interacts with young people or wants to learn more about youth suicide. This series of programs introduces the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide, the signs of concern, risk factors, how to recognize young people who may be struggling, how to approach the student and help an at-risk youth find resources for assistance. At the conclusion of each training module, an opportunity to print a certificate of completion is provided.
The Jason Flatt Act is legislation that requires teachers and certain school personnel to complete two hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training in order to maintain or renew their licensing credentials. The requirement for this training does not add additional hours of training, but rather falls within the number of hours already required to continue the professional teaching license. Nineteen states have taken the initiative to be proactive in preventing youth suicide by passing The Jason Flatt Act. They are Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, Utah, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alaska, Ohio, North Dakota, Wyoming, Georgia, Montana, Texas, South Dakota, Alabama and Kansas.
The Jason Foundation Staff Development Training Modules are provided at no cost to those requesting the programs. The Staff Development Training Modules are password protected. Click here to create an account.
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