Federal statistics show suicide is the third-leading cause of death among adolescents, with nearly 1,500 suicides among those ages 15 to 19 in 2007, the most recent year for which data were available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year’s rate of 6.87 suicides per 100,000 for that age group continued a trend down from the 8.04 rate in 1999.

But a series of high-profile suicides across the country last year involving teenagers who were believed to have been victims of online bullying has helped fuel advocates’ push for prevention efforts in schools.

The Jason Foundation is calling for mandatory teacher training throughout the country. Currently, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi require training, said Flatt, the foundation’s president. Others, such as California, have laws encouraging such training. Read article here.

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