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DeWine Announces Partnership Aimed at Reducing Youth Suicide in Ohio

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Attorney General Mike DeWine hopes a new partnership with a national organization will help reduce the number of suicides among Ohio's youths.

DeWine announced Tuesday that his office will team up with the Jason Foundation to provide potentially life-saving assistance to young Ohioans at risk of taking their own lives.

"Protecting Ohio's children from the depression and sadness that can lead to suicidal thoughts has been a top priority dating back to my time in the U.S. Senate," Attorney General DeWine said.

Ohio's school employees will be required to undergo suicide prevention training during the 2013-2014 academic year because of the state's Jason Flatt Act, which was named for a teen who committed suicide in 1997, inspiring the formation of the Jason Foundation.

"Our most precious gifts, our children, at times need us to step in and give them immediate assistance," said State Representative Marlene Anielski, who was significantly involved in the Jason Flatt Act's passage. "Suicide is preventable."

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Ohio's youths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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