Utah Schools Adopt Unified Effort to Prevent Teen Suicide

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

More than 30,000 Utah teachers, counselors and principals will begin training next month in hopes of improving a grim state statistic: Two youths are treated for attempting suicide every day.

The Legislature passed a law last year that requires educators, for the first time, to take suicide prevention training as part of recertification, which occurs every five years.

Educators will watch a 38-minute online video produced by state education officials on suicide prevention. Then, each district across Utah will conduct its own one-hour training.

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