California Law Puts a Suicide Hotline Number on School ID Cards

August 19, 2019, News

California high school and middle school students will have some lifesaving information at their fingertips as they go back to school this year.

A law that went into effect in July requires schools to print the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student ID cards for seventh- through 12th-graders in public, private and charter schools.

That number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The law also says that student IDs may have information on the Crisis Text Line — which can be reached by texting HOME to 741741.

The move comes as suicide rates continue to rise in the United States. The suicide rate in 2017 was 33% higher than it was in 1999, according to annual research published in June by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

A study published in the medical journal JAMA found a significant increase in the suicide rates among 15- to 24-year-olds between 2000 and 2017.

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To get help

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

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