Signs of Suicide

Suicide Prevention Training

In response to new Kentucky legislation regarding suicide prevention training and awareness for middle school and high school staff and students, the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities has prepared information about programs, training and materials.

Why Suicide Prevention Training in Kentucky?

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth and young adults in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (see Related Links), 15 percent of Kentucky high school students (1 in 7) reported having seriously considered suicide within a 12-month period. In addition, 17.4 percent of Kentucky middle school students (nearly 1 in 5) reported that they had seriously considered killing themselves at some point in their lives.

However, experts say that suicide is preventable. When educators, students and communities learn warning signs and how to take action when a young person might be at risk of a suicidal crisis, lives can be saved.

What do the new Suicide Prevention Laws Require?

HB 51 - Suicide Prevention Information for Middle and High School Students

Signed by Kentucky's Governor on March 4, 2010

For more information about Suicide Prevention you may go to the Cabinets website at:

Suicide Warning Signs

Facts about Suicide & Depression

Youth – Are You in Crisis…Getting Help