On June 26, 2014, Act 71 was signed into law. This new legislation requires educational entities to: (1) create a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy and (2) offer continuing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in buildings serving students in grades 6 through 12. Furthermore, Section 1526 clearly enables schools to integrate curricula on this issue in their educational programs in compliance with their policies on juvenile suicide awareness and prevention.
Act 71 requires the Penn Hills School District to provide continuing suicide prevention training to district staff.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.