Indiana lawmakers to file plan for reducing youth suicide

FILE - In this June 12, 2014, file photo, Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long welcomes delegates meeting to set up the framework for states to amend the U.S. Constitution, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The 2016 November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around the country, a level of power that gives the party an unprecedented opportunity: change the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers plan to consider measures in the new year aimed at reducing the number of youth suicides in the state.

The effort comes as statistics from the Indiana Department of Public Health show that suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 23. The leading cause is accidents.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that 119 Indiana teenagers and young adults and nine children between the ages of five and 14 killed themselves in 2014, the most recent year with complete data available.

Logansport Republican state Sen. Randy Head’s proposal is set to be filed at the Indiana Statehouse in January. It calls for incentives to attract more behavioral health professionals to Indiana and the creation of a state suicide prevention coordinator.

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