Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families and communities nationwide. The Bureau is committed to working with its state and federal partners, public and private organizations, community partners and others to provide the assistance and prevention resources needed.
House Bill 2535 or “Jamie’s Law” passed during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. Jamie’s Law requires public middle and high school administrators to disseminate and provide opportunities to discuss suicide prevention awareness information to all middle and high school students; requires each public and private institution of higher education to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on suicide prevention programs available on and off campus; requires each public and private institution of higher education to provide all incoming students with information about depression and suicide prevention resources available to students; requires the posting of certain information on the website of the public and private institutions of higher education, the Higher Education Policy Commission, and the Council for Community and Technical College Education; and requires the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities to post on its website suicide prevention awareness information.
The links below will provide you with resources and additional information on suicide and prevention: