Published : Friday, August 16, 2019 | 5:05 AM
Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who represents Pasadena and the 25th Senate District, said this week he is pleased that the student suicide prevention effort created by a bill he co-sponsored is in effect for the 2019-2020 school year.
“As a father, I don’t want to ever read another story about a teen who took his or her life,” Portantino said in a statement. “I am hopeful that for students struggling with depression and grappling with suicidal thoughts, having this resource readily available will save a life. It’s a simple idea that should have a significant impact.”
Beginning this week, as the new school year commenced, students found a new addition to their student identification cards. SB 972, which Portantino co-sponsored, now requires public, charter, and private schools that serve pupils from 7th to 12th grade and institutes of higher education to print the National Suicide Prevention Hotline telephone number on student ID cards.
Senator Portantino has long been advocating for suicide prevention and mental health policy.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24.
The addition of the suicide hotline on student identification cards is a sensible inclusion that will undoubtedly save lives, Portantino said.