In the wake of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, many people are talking to their loved ones about suicide.
It may be for parents a tough conversation to swallow, one many may had after the series "13 Reasons Why" launched last year on Netflix.
The Florida Department of Health tracks the number of suicides in Florida.
10Investigates received new data that shows the number of suicides in Florida, ages 0-19, are the highest they have ever been in the past 20 years.
In 2017, the latest data received, the number was 124.
County by county, Hillsborough had the most deaths ruled by suicide with 15. Pinellas County had seven.
With the number on the rise, we reached out to the Florida Department of Education to ask if schools are required to train students, faculty or staff in suicide prevention.
They tell us that in 2016, Suicide Prevention and Awareness in schools was passed as part of HB 7029. The Florida Department of Education was to come up with the training criteria for suicide prevention certified schools.
The training criteria never made it to the schools because additional requirements were added in this past legislative session.
So now the Department of Education is restarting the rule development process.
And when they do, t will have to be approved by the state board before it makes its way to the schools.
Once that is done, and schools can show that they have met the criteria, they will then become a suicide prevention-certified school.
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