State law addresses suicide prevention.
Alabama Course of Study Health Education 2019
Suicide Prevention Education An awareness program for suicide prevention must be implemented by each school system and must include mental and emotional health education in the one-half credit health education course required for high school graduation (Alabama State Board of Education Resolution, June 12, 1986, meeting).
Alabama Course of Study: Health Education Mental and Emotional Health Ninth-Twelfth Grade
- Identify symptoms, methods of treatment, and management of mental health disorders, depression, and stress.
- Recognizing available resources and hotlines for mental health concerns
- Examples: resources—school personnel, peers, hotlines—suicide prevention, rape crisis
- Identifying warning signs and prevention strategies for suicide
Alabama State Department of Education Memorandum
The Jason Flatt Act: Memo on Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Model Policy
Alabama Suicide Prevention 2004
Develop and implement safe and effective programs in educational settings for youth that address adolescent distress, provide crisis intervention, and incorporate peer support for individuals seeking help.
A. Incorporate adolescent crisis intervention into high school health education through the development of a suicide prevention curriculum, which includes a local resource list of all providers and youth organizations.
B. Train students to provide peer counseling, and develop an awards program for youth, recognizing exemplary efforts to help peers.
C. Encourage community volunteer efforts through school organizations to instill the benefits of helping others.