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States Pass Diverse Slate of Mental Health Legislation in 2013 PDF - This report provides summaries of 17 bills from 13 states that illustrate the diversity of mental health-related legislation passed in 2013 legislative sessions. In addition, it highlights other ECS resources related to mental health and suicide prevention. (Jennifer Thomsen, ECS, February 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health--Suicide Prevention - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Survey of State Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Schools PDF - Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Most states, however, have not been aggressive in enacting school specific suicide legislation. This paper briefly identifies the main policy approaches utilized by states. It then offers examples of some of the more rigorous state approaches, programs developed by nonprofits, and approaches evaluated as successful through research and practice. This survey will be helpful to anyone looking to be more aggressive at youth suicide prevention in schools. (Christopher Leahy, ECS, April 2012)...


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