How are Oregon lawmakers addressing youth suicide rates?

Your Voice, Your Vote for April 7, 2019

Authorities say 107 young people between the ages of 10 to 24 died by suicide in Oregon in 2017. This is the second leading cause of death in that age group.

As part of an effort to partner with other local news outlets to spark conversation around youth mental health, as well as KATU’s Kind is Better initiative, we’re looking into what’s in the Oregon legislature to address this issue.

In this week’s “Your Voice, Your Vote,” Steve Dunn talks with Rep. Cheri Helt (R-Bend), a former school board member who is now on the joint committee for student success, and Dave Novotney, who is a member of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety and serves as superintendent of the Willamette Education Service District.

They cover what’s under consideration in the Oregon legislature to provide more resources to keep our children safe, and talk about what needs to be done to prevent suicides, bullying, and harassment.

You can watch the segments of the show below.


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