California to be first state to require suicide prevention classes in schools

All California middle and high schools will be required to provide mandatory suicideprevention education for children in grades 7 through 12, under a new bill headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents ages 10-24, after accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists 25 states with laws requiring educators to receive suicide prevention training; 8 of those states require districts to have suicide prevention policies. Read more …