Suicide Prevention Measure Advancing Through Legislature

May 10, 2016

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Missouri's schools would have to develop suicide prevention policies under a bill moving through the Legislature.

The House voted 128-18 Monday to pass the legislation, which would require colleges and universities to give all incoming students information about mental health resources. Universities and colleges would also have to educate students on recognizing depression and suicidal behavior.

The proposal calls on K-12 school districts to adopt suicide awareness training and policies by July 2018.

The bill also requires higher education institutions to develop a way for people to anonymously report unsafe or criminal activities. The legislation mandates administrators coordinate with local law enforcement to develop policies on sexual assault.

The bill now heads to the Senate, which already passed a version of the bill.