Assemblymember Salas' Legislation to Tackle Youth Suicide Prevention Passes Key Committee
AB 58 will give schools the resources and training needed to prevent future tragedies
Published:Wednesday, January 19, 2022
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced legislation – Assembly Bill (AB) 58 – to address the increase in youth suicides and self-harm across the state by improving youth suicide prevention within schools. A State Auditor’s report requested by Assemblymember Salas found that Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) lack the resources and policies necessary to effectively address rising rates of youth suicide and self-harm. On Wednesday, AB 58 passed out of the Assembly Education Committee with bipartisan support.
“No child should die by suicide or feel like they do not have the help they need around them—we can and must do more to prevent future tragedies,” said Assemblymember Salas. “AB 58 will give schools the resources and training necessary to improve care for students that are at-risk and reduce the troubling rise in suicides and self-harm.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the second leading cause of death nationwide among young people ages 10 to 24 in 2017. Remarkably, a 2019 report by the United Health Foundation found that California was one of seven states with the most significant increases in teen suicide rates from 2016 to 2019.
In a tragic example that occurred recently in San Joaquin County, a sixth-grade student shot himself while on a distance learning Zoom call. The State Auditor’s report noted that, “According to the National Association of School Psychologists, youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress but are not likely to seek help directly. Thus, training school staff to respond to youth who exhibit warning signs of suicide is imperative.”
AB 58 requires LEAs to review and update their policy on pupil suicide prevention, and revise training materials to incorporate best practices identified by the California Department of Education (CDE) in the department’s model policy. The bill also encourages LEA’s to provide suicide awareness and prevention training at the beginning of each school year to teachers. Lastly, the bill requires CDE to develop resources and guidance on how to conduct suicide awareness and prevention training remotely, to be provided to LEA’s.
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Utah PTA Public Policy Program National PTA and Utah PTA Resolutions:
That Utah PTA and its constituent associations assist schools, community councils, parents and students in learning safe and responsible digital citizen behaviors through trainings, consultation, and distribution of resources.
Utah PTA Legislative Policy:
2. High standards for those who work in all areas concerned with children and youth.
Utah PTA Legislative Priorities:
4. Support safe practices and environments for all children.
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Sarah Held, Elementary Segment Director
Bridget Holdermann, Bargaining Chair
Kristy Gladysz, Ed Specialist
Donny Terranove, HS teacher
"President John F. Kennedy said technology ‘has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man.’ Yet swayed by digital-age myths, we are providing our children with remarkably little guidance on their use of technology.”
“It was Albert Einstein who famously said that once you stop learning, you start dying”. It was Bill Gates who said that he would want the ability to read faster. Request letter of support since it takes a village to save a child. Quotations by “John F. Kennedy, “Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future”.
“Dr. Dunckley has found that everyday use of interactive screen devices — such as computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets — can easily overstimulate a child’s nervous system, triggering a variety of stubborn symptoms. In contrast, she’s discovered that a strict electronic fast single-handedly improves mood, focus, sleep, and behavior, regardless of the child’s diagnosis.”
Craig A. Durfey
Founder of P.R.D.D.C.