Suicide is the third leading cause of death among U.S. youth ages 10 to 19, making suicide prevention a priority for school districts and states.
Wyoming is the most recent state to adopt the Jason Flatt Act, following the lead of Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio and North Dakota. As part of its adoption of the act, the WY DOE mandates that all educators receive a minimum of two hours of training each year to maintain their state teaching licenses.
To help districts meet this requirement, the Wyoming DOE created a Suicide Prevention Review Team to find training programs that met the Wyoming standard. After the task force’s research was complete, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction recommended select programs that met their requirements, including WORKS online staff training for use as suicide prevention training materials for this school year.
The PublicSchoolWORKS Student Safety, Wellness and Social Responsibility Catalog has three Jason Flatt Act-specific online training courses addressing suicide in students, suicide warning signs and responses, and suicide intervention. The catalog also includes courses covering self-injury, self-asphyxiation (a.k.a. “The Choking Game”), suicide prevention, and more.
If your district is in a state with training mandates as part of the Jason Flatt Act, or your district simply wants to proactively arm educators with more knowledge in the hopes of preventing student suicidal tendencies, we can help. Our easy to implement, and award-winning training program included in the EmployeeSafe Suite, features more than 400 courses, and actually saves staff time through its fully-automated program while equipping district employees with knowledge to drive positive change in your school’s climate.