HB18-1177 (Michaelson Jenet/Fenberg & Coram) Youth Suicide Prevention

Originally Posted: March 9, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Summary

The bill requires the Office of Suicide Prevention in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to provide access to training programs related to youth suicide prevention for people who interact with youth on a regular basis, but have often not received training, such as camp counselors, coaches, parents and clergy. The bill also directs the Department to execute a statewide awareness campaign about suicide and youth suicide prevention, including providing more information regarding the suicide prevention hotline.

Position

The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Among youth and young adults ages 10 to 14 in Colorado, suicide is the leading cause of death.  Data show that 18 out of every 100,000 Colorado teens ages 15 to 19 committed suicide in 2016—one of the highest teen suicide rates on record since 1991. In 2015, nearly one in three Colorado high school students reported experiencing symptoms of clinical depression. More than one in six reported that they seriously considered attempting suicide. And these issues are not isolated to high-school age kids. More than a quarter of middle school students also reported experiencing symptoms of clinical depression; and a similar percentage of them (17 percent) reported seriously considering suicide.  When crises can be prevented, many kids who experience mental health struggles can lead happy, healthy lives. This bill increases access to evidence-based suicide prevention training and crises prevention programs. This bill takes meaningful steps forward to address youth suicide, a tragic issue that affects many Colorado kids and families.

Current Status

The bill died in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on a vote of 3-2

Previous Statuses


March 9, 2018

The House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee heard testimony on the bill and laid it over for action at a later date

March 16, 2018

Passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee on a bipartisan 7-4 vote and now heads to the House Appropriations Committee

April 20, 2018

Passed the House floor this morning on a vote of 34-27 (with 4 excused) and now heads to the Senate