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Local lawmakers introduce new teen suicide prevention legislation

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has sparked a nationwide discussion about suicide.

In the Midwest, it’s bringing congressmen from opposite parties together to pen a bill on suicide awareness.

This comes after 41 Action News reported about a lack of response from lawmakers when more teenagers died by suicide, including Olathe teen Cady Housh.

After hearing Housh’s story, Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver (D - Kansas City, Missouri) and Kevin Yoder (R - Overland Park, Kansas) have introduced a new bill that would require schools to train teachers to spot suicide warning signs.

It’s based on the Jason Flatt Act that’s already in effect in 19 states, including Kansas.

That bill failed again in Missouri this year, but the congressmen said they feel their new bill has enough support to pass.