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Governor signs historic suicide prevention law

Governor signs historic suicide prevention law

Photo courtesy of Washington State Legislative Support Services.

HB 2315 supporters watch Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sign the 2014 suicide prevention bill, which makes Washington the first state to require suicide prevention training for doctors and nurses. The law also pilots a psychiatric resource line and mandates a state suicide prevention plan. He thanked everyone who worked for passage, but especially 4-year-old Zoe and 9-year-old Jake Adler, who received the first pens after the signing. Their mom, Forefront director Jennifer Stuber, says “Washington’s 2315 is perhaps the most forward thinking response to the problem of suicide in the country.” 

The new law is the third prong in the suicide-prevention call for action started in 2011 by Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) and supported by Forefront. It received overwhelming support in both houses of the legislature.

View the governor’s remarks and signing.