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Suicide Prevention Bill Moving Through California Legislature

Suicide Prevention Bill Moving Through California Legislature
Posted Thursday, August 14th 2014 @ 9am  by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

The death of Robin Williams is focusing more attention on a suicide prevention bill in the California Legislature.  

Believe it or not, mental health professionals don't all get prevention training.

It's a hit or miss proposition in California with some mental health professionals trained to spot and prevent the consequences of suicidal behavior.  

A bill by Assemblyman Marc Levine would require training for all in the field.  

That's something Vic Ojakian, who lost his son to suicide ten years ago, supports.

"If you don't have your mental health professionals all prepared to deal with somebody who is prepared to take their life, then you've got trouble," the former Palo Alto councilman told News10

The bill is a step in the right direction and will help save lives.

"This type of grief, it's a very deep sort of a grief, and you certainly don't want anyone else to go through it," he said. 

The bill has passed the Assembly, and is now being debated in the state Senate.


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