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New Illinois law requires schools to print suicide prevention resources on IDs

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QUINCY, IL. (WGEM) --For years, Quincy Public Schools have put stickers on students IDs with suicide prevention information, but now that's a requirement for all Illinois public schools.

According to the law, all Illinois public middle and high schools will be required to have suicide prevention on student IDs.

For schools that don't print student IDs, the information must be clearly posted on their website.

Dawn Whitcomb with the Adams County Suicide Prevention Coalition said they print those stickers with local resources and information for students in need. She said making it a requirement can make a difference for students.

"When a student has an immediate resource at their fingertips instead of having to fumble through a backpack or google around for information, I think having it right on the students ID that most students have on them at all times, that will be a positive for all students," said Whitcomb.

Quincy Public School officials said for this year they will continue to use the stickers, but in the future they will look into permanently printing the information on ID cards.

Whitcomb said now that it's a requirement, the coalition plans to help any school that needs help getting the information on IDs before the school year starts.

"That's what we're here for, that's what the coalition is here for. We're here to help those students and administrations at the schools, so at any time they can reach out for those resources," Whitcomb says.

The coalition said before the law went into effect, they had already given away more than 4,000 stickers to schools that wanted them.

Now they're prepared to print more to help any school in our area that needs them.

This is a serious issue in our country as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2019:

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,500 people.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44.
  • There were nearly two and a half times as many suicides (47,511) in the United States as there were homicides (19,141).
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