Sacramento, California – Senator Anthony J Portantino’s (D – La Cañada Flintridge) is pleased that the student suicide prevention effort created by SB 972 is in effect for the 2019/2020 school year.
“As a father, I don’t want to ever read another story in the paper about a teen who took his or her life. I am hopeful that for students struggling with depression and grappling with suicidal thoughts, having this resource readily available will save a life. It’s a simple idea that should have a signiﬁcant impact,” commented Senator Portantino.
Beginning this week, students and parents will ﬁnd a new addition to their student identiﬁcation cards as the new school year commences. SB 972 requires public, charter, and private schools that serve pupils from 7 – 12th grade and institutes of higher education to print the National Suicide Prevention Hotline telephone number on student identiﬁcation cards.
Senator Portantino has long been a strong advocate for suicide prevention and mental health policy. Adolescent suicide and self-inﬂicted injury are serious social and public health concerns. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24. The addition of the suicide hotline on student identiﬁcation cards is a sensible inclusion that will undoubtedly save lives.