Saving lives: Bill would train teachers to spot warning signs of suicide

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) -- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require all Iowa teachers to be trained in suicide prevention.

House File 2176 focuses on teaching educators how to recognize signs of depression. It would require schools in Iowa to set aside time for annual training on suicide prevention and coping.

The American Foundation for suicide prevention says suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds.

"Getting an educator the tools they need to identify, “Is there self-harm taking place? Are there red flags that we should be sharing and who we refer that too?’” said Rep. Zach Nunn, R-District 30.

The training would be based on what is recognized nationally as the best prevention tactics and will use free online resources.

The bill has seen bipartisan support so far, but some representatives are saying there is still more to come.

“I just see this as an evolving bill that is going to continue to grow,” said Rep. Tom Moore, R-Griswold.

House file 2176 has a companion bill, which means that it has advanced out of committee and is moving to both the House and Senate floor.

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