Bill to prevent student suicides in California moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk

Legislation designed to help prevent student suicide is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for signing.

Assembly Bill 2639, which was introduced by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, and Assembly Education Committee chairman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, passed through both the Assembly and state Senate with unanimous votes with the Senate voting on Monday.

“The issue of youth mental health and suicide hits very close to home for me,” Berman wrote in a statement. “Palo Alto, my own hometown, has experienced two youth suicide clusters in the last 10 years. As suicide rates continue to rise among youth and young adults, we can and must do more to prevent these tragedies.”