Council bill would require schools to distribute suicide prevention resources


Councilmember Erik Bottcher of Manhattan introduced legislation on August 11 that would require the New York City Department of Education to distribute suicide prevention information to students and educate them about a new national suicide hotline.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which went live last month, was created to help connect people in need of mental health services with the care they need. Individuals can call or text the hotline or engage in an online chat. Schools would have to inform students of that hotline and other related resources available to them.