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LB 923 was signed into law on April 22, 2014. The bill requires all public school nurses, teachers, counselors, school psychologist, administrators, school social workers, and any other appropriate personnel receive at least one hour of suicide awareness and prevention training, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. The Department of Education, along with other stakeholders, will develop a list of approved training materials to fulfill the requirements of suicide awareness and prevention training.

The bill also creates the position of State School Security Director, establishes concussion and brain injury recognition training and protocols, and requires school to participate in tornado preparedness drills twice a year. Click here to read the text of LB 923.

Click here to read the LB 923 5 Year Plan.

Suicide Prevention Trainings and Resources for School Personnel

kognitoKognito At-Risk is a one-hour, online, interactive gatekeeper training program that teaches school educators and staff how to (1) identify students exhibiting signs of psychological distress, including depression and thoughts of suicide, (2) approach students to discuss their concern, and (3) make a referral to school support personnel.
Kognito At-Risk for Middle School Educators and Kognito At-Risk for High School Educators online training cost ranges from $5 to $30 per user, depending on the number and length of the licenses purchased. The typical length of licensure for this training is one year. Special pricing is available for statewide adoption. Additional information on Kognito:
NREPP research:

qprinstituteQPR is an emergency mental health gatekeeper training intervention that teaches lay and professional gatekeepers to recognize and respond positively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviors.

QPR does not include suicide risk assessment training. QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Program is an extended version appropriate for school counselors, social workers and other professionals that may want more information on risk assessment. Additional information on QPR:
NREPP research:

List of Additional Resources for the Educational Environment:
• A Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention found by visiting:
• Suicide Shouldn’t Be a Secret, a series of Public Service Announcements aimed at promoting suicide prevention among teens and their parents.
• Restricting Lethal Means PDF format brochure is available here.
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline
• Crisis Texting System
• Suicide Attempt Survivor resources can be found at:
• Suicide Loss Survivor resources can be found at:
• After a Suicide Toolkit can be downloaded at:

Bryan LGH Medical Center University of Nebraska Public Policy Center The Kim Foundation
This webpage was developed under grant number 5U79SM061741 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) via the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.