All Maine School Districts Are Required to maintain a minimum level of suicide prevention training and preparation, based on the law passed in 2013 and revised in the spring of 2019. Specifically, each school administrative district is required to:
• Ensure that ALL staff complete a 1-2 hour suicide prevention awareness training,
• Ensure that a minimum of 2 district staff complete a full day “Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper” training. Districts with more than 1000 students are required and additional trained staff member for each 500 students over 1000. The law recommends a Gatekeeper in each school building.
• Both the Awareness Session and the Gatekeeper training must be renewed every 5 years.
• The 2019 revision of the law now requires each administrative district to develop and implement comprehensive protocols addressing how it implements suicide prevention, intervention with someone at risk and how it provides for support and reduces risk of contagion after a suicide loss or attempt.
View FAQs regarding the April 25, 2013 legislative decision (LD 609) requiring all public school staff in Maine to complete suicide prevention awareness training.
NAMI Maine, working in partnership with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine Department of Education, provides a range of training and technical assistance to support schools to meet and exceed the suicide prevention training mandate. To learn how we can support your school please contact Amanda Bouffard, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at (800) 464-5767 ext. 2318 or MSPP@namimaine.org.