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Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors

from The Washington Post

When Lauryn Santiago's grades started to slip two years ago, her mother, Linda Diaz, suspected something was wrong. Diaz called her daughter's high school and asked the counselor to meet with Lauryn. But the meeting never happened. A month later, Diaz found her 15-year-old daughter hanging from the banister of their home. Lauryn, a freshman at Laurel High School in Prince George's County, had taken her own life. Diaz told her story to state lawmakers in Annapolis last month as part of a crusade to increase awareness of teen suicide. Her advocacy helped push the General Assembly to approve a bill dubbed "Lauryn's Law," which would require that school counselors undergo regular training to recognize signs that students are dealing with mental illness, are in distress or are contemplating suicide. more

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