Lawmakers want Colorado employers' help with suicide prevention efforts
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Lawmakers want Colorado employers’ help with suicide prevention efforts

By Marissa Ventrelli, Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado is currently ranked sixth in the nation for suicides, a figure that two state lawmakers are looking to decrease through a bill that would require companies to post prevention education posters at workplaces starting next year.

The proposal from State Rep. Stephanie Vigil, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, would also require businesses to include suicide prevention information in company handbooks.

Under House Bill 1015, posters created by the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics would include an overview of available suicide prevention training programs, educational materials on reducing access to means of self-harm, such as firearms, information on the 988 Suicide Crisis Line, and a QR code linking to a workplace suicide prevention landing page. The latter will be created by the Office of Suicide Prevention.

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