State law addresses suicide prevention.
Florida Administrative Code 6A-1.094121 Mental and Emotional Health Education.
(1)School districts must annually provide a minimum of five hours of instruction to students in grades 6-12 related to youth mental health awareness and assistance, including suicide prevention and the impacts of substance abuse.
(2)Using the health education Standard adopted in Rule 6A-1.09401, F.A.C., Student Performance Standard, the instruction for youth mental and emotional health will advance each year through developmentally appropriate instruction and skill building and must address, at a minimum, the following topics:
(a)Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders;
(b)Prevention of mental health disorders;
(c)Mental health awareness and assistance;
(d)How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders;
(e)Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources;
(f)The process for accessing treatment;
(g)Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques;
(h)Strategies to support a peer, friend, or family member with a mental health disorder;
(i)Prevention of suicide; and
(j)Prevention of the abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
Florida Health Education Standard
Grade: 912 HE.912.B.3.In.d Explain when professional health services or providers may be required, such as for injury, depression, suicide, drug abuse, a medical emergency, child abuse, or domestic violence.