TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana lawmakers are trying to prevent teen suicides with a new bill making suicide prevention training available to teachers.
Federal statistics show suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers, but the deaths can be prevented if warning signs are caught early.
The bill would require training for new teachers and make suicide prevention a continuing education course available to current teachers.
News 10 asked Doctor Robe Fazekas with the Hamilton Center in Terre Haute if he thinks this bill is a good idea and if it's putting too much pressure on teachers, who are already juggling multiple tasks.
"Teachers, among the many hats they already wear, they find themselves often times in a counselor role. And kids develop a familiarity with teachers. They respect, they admire them and they often reveal things to them that they may not tell anybody else including their parents," said Doctor Robe Fazekas from the Hamilton Center in Terre Haute.
Fazekas said this is just one component in a broader strategy to address this growing problem.
A version of this bill has passed both the House and the Senate.
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