Suicide Awareness Bill Advances

A bill some are calling a life-saver is one step closer to becoming a law.

Nebraska state senators have advanced a measure requiring school staff be trained on suicide awareness and prevention.

The sponsor, Senator Amanda McGill, says it couldn't be more important.

“This is an absolute step in the right direction to at least get our teachers, the people who see our kids every day, more than we do, more than parents do, the training that they need," she told lawmakers in floor debate.

LB 923 would require at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training each year.

The state would work with several heartland agencies to determine what that training should cover.

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