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Evers signs bill creating grants for suicide prevention programs in schools

Wednesday, February 5, 2020  
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February 5, Wisconsin Health News

Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill into law Tuesday that will create a grant program for establishing peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs in Wisconsin high schools.

The bill provides $250,000 for the grants, which can can go to existing programs or new ones. Groups can receive up to $1,000.

"We know that students all over our state are struggling with their mental health," Evers said in a statement. "Peer-to-peer training ensures that the people they are most likely to turn to, their friends and classmates, have the tools they need to recognize warning signs and help their friends."

The legislation is part of a package recommended by the Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention.