Nebraska Bill Puts Focus On Suicide Prevention

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

It's a staggering statistic. 1 in 7 kids have considered suicide, according to a recent report.

Now there's a push at the Capitol to get those kids more help.
State Senator Amanda McGill says she's looking towards school staff to help look for warning signs of depression.

LB-923 would require the Department of Education to work with behavioral health experts to develop suicide training for teachers, administrators, school nurses and other appropriate personnel.

Amie Nelson's sister died by suicide at the age of 16. Nelson can remember how devastated and isolated her family felt after losing her sister, and wishes that something that like LB923 was in place that day.

"It is very difficult losing someone you love to suicide, you learn in hindsight about the warning signs, and we wish that we and others in Amanda's life would have known what to look for, so we could have gotten her the proper help in time," said Nelson.

One hour of training would be provided within the current framework of in-service training programs already in place.

"Teachers and parents can be overwhelmed by depression in their youth and don't know what to do, where to turn to," said McGill.

If passed, it would be up to the Department of Education to determine how to conduct these sessions for all school districts.

"Suicide is preventable. Being able to recognize the warning signs and being able to assist that person in obtaining appropriate professional help, may all help to prevent suicide," said Nelson.

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