More Suicide Prevention Training Proposed for New Jersey Teachers

TRENTON — Public schoolteachers would undergo more suicide prevention education under a proposal from a bipartisan group of New Jersey lawmakers.

An Assembly committee approved the measure late last year while State Senator Diane B. Allen, a Republican, introduced a similar bill in the Senate this month.

The bill requires public schoolteachers and staff members to receive two hours of suicide prevention training from a licensed health care professional every year, up from two hours over five years, as the rule stands now.

Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, a Democrat, said she and her colleagues are pursuing the change because of the rise of bullying through technology.

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