Feb 4, 2018, Arizona, East Valley Tribune: Bill would require mandatory training for suicide prevention http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/news/bill-would-require-mandatory-training-for-suicide-prevention/article_8550a0a4-086b-11e8-b726-c79ad6bd5d18.html Alarmed by the rash of teens who took their lives last year in multiple East Valley school districts, state Sen. Sean Bowie has introduced a bill requiring suicide-prevention training for all teachers and staff. Bowie, whose district includes parts of Chandler, Tempe and Mesa, wants two hours of training in the 2019-2020 school year in all school districts and charter schools for all “counselors, teachers, principals and other school personnel who work with pupils in grades six through 12.”… “This is not just a local problem or a state problem,” he added. “This is a national problem.” Warnock agrees. “I am a teacher as well as being Mitch Warnock’s mom,” she said. “What troubles me beyond belief is that in my 26 years of educating students, I have never been trained in identifying students at risk for depression, self harm or suicide. … Mesa Public Schools spokeswoman Heidi Hurst said her district schools have designated crisis teams trained in suicide prevention trained at a district level. They in turn train their respective schools staff on suicide prevention techniques. "Additionally at high schools, suicide prevention is an active topic of conversation and awareness," Hurst said, noting a teen hotline is now on all students' IDs. Currently, nine states require annual suicide-prevention training for school personnel and another 16 also mandate it but don’t specify whether it must be done annually. Such training is an annual requirement in Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. The other 16 that mandate it but don’t specify whether it must be annual are Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. … “Guidance counselors tell me that 10 years ago, 90 percent of the issues they saw involved traditional advising, schedules and such and only 10 percent involved social or emotional issues,” Bowie said, adding: “Now, that’s reversed and 90 percent of what they see are students with emotional and social problems.” Those problems range from issues related to social media, such as cyber bullying, and other pressures that make it difficult for some teens to cope. “Guidance counselors are not equipped to deal with social and emotional issues,” Bowie said.
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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