Should Congress provide schools with targeted training to address rising student suicide rates?
• At the time of research and publication, no official opponent statements were found. This does not necessarily mean that nobody opposes the bill, nor does it mean that statements won’t be made in the future.
• "Students across the country are starting the new school year under uniquely difficult circumstances, and COVID-19 has exacerbated the mental health risks that can lead to suicide. The STANDUP Act promotes youth mental health awareness among schools and communities to prevent violence and suicide." Source: Rep. Scott Peters (Democrat, California, District 52)
• "Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth – and CDC research shows suicidal ideation at an all-time high during the pandemic, with as many as one in four kids having suicidal thoughts. It’s more important than ever to invest in suicide prevention training for our students." Source: Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise
The Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention Act (STANDUP) requires state, tribal, and local educational agencies that receive grant funding for priority mental-health needs, including through the Project AWARE State Education Agency Grant Program, to establish and implement evidence-based suicide awareness and prevention training policies. It Equipps schools with evidence-based suicide prevention policies that will allow all stakeholders in the school community, including students, to speak up when they see or hear warning signs from a peer. Sponsor: Rep. Scott Peters (Democrat, California, District 52)