Difference between life and death

Suicide is preventable. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 12-18. In 2017, New Hampshire had the highest teen suicide rate that had been seen in more than 20 years. So, how are we going to address this critical issue?

Gov. Chris Sununu is spearheading the charge for meaningful action, throwing his support behind legislation that would require teachers to undergo two hours of mandatory youth suicide awareness and prevention training each year. In his second inaugural address, he outlined this legislation as a priority for this upcoming term.

This initiative, also known as the “Jason Flatt Act,” has been adopted in 20 other states around the nation. What makes it so valuable is, not only is it provided at no cost to taxpayers, it is directed toward increasing education and awareness for the people who may spend more time with our kids than we do – their teachers.

The keys to prevention are: Knowing the signs, observing the signs and directing teens to the appropriate resources. This legislation would give teachers the knowledge and tools to prevent youth suicide, and I can’t think of a category of people better suited to the task.

It’s simple. It makes sense. It won’t cost the taxpayers a dime. And it could mean the difference between life and death.