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Minnesota: First state to require teachers to have mental health training

Jan 28, 2018, Cloquet (MN) Pine Journal: LETTER: Minn. schools led U.S. in suicide prevention training http://www.pinejournal.com/opinion/letters/4393661-letter-minn-schools-led-us-suicide-prevention-training I recently read an eloquent letter to the editor ("Schools need suicide prevention training," by Marie Osuna, Jan. 18 Pine Journal) that urged the State of Minnesota to prioritize suicide prevention, including requiring teachers to have suicide prevention training. Readers should know that Minnesota was the first state in the country to require teachers to have two hours of training on the early warning signs of mental illness in students. That legislation passed in 2003. In 2016, legislation passed that requires teacher to have one-hour of evidence-based training on suicide prevention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness was proud to work on both bills knowing the importance of reducing the suicide rate among our youth. …. Sue Abderholden, MPH Executive director National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota