Bill could revise suicide training law in KS

TOPEKA, Kan. A bill moving through the Kansas Statehouse could change a law that requires schools to provide training to every employee.

The proposed bill would reduce the number of employees who are required to take the suicide-prevention training and would remove the one-hour minimum for it.

Supporters of the bill say they're supportive of the training itself, but say the law stretches their resources.

The law in place, the Jason Flatt Act, was signed by former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in 2016.

Mental health experts say the proposed change could end up removing a resource for someone showing signs of distress.

"I believe that you have to have interaction to be able to ask the most difficult question, and that is, 'are you thinking of killing yourself or are you thinking of committing suicide?'" Mental health expert Tim DeWeese says.

The Center for Disease Control says suicide is the third leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14.