Suicide Prevention Training

The Jason Flatt Act of Mississippi
SB 270
Effective July 1, 2009

Governor Haley Barbour signed the bill into law on April 13, 2009. Upon Governor Barbour’s signature, Mississippi became the fourth state to pass the Jason Flatt Act. This legislation requires mandatory youth suicide prevention training for all teachers and principals.

Major components of the legislation are:

  1. Suicide prevention education is required for all licensed teachers and principals beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

  2. Annual in-service training must include at least two hours of suicide prevention training.

  3. This education may be accomplished through self-review of suitable suicide prevention material.


Go to

The Coordinator should register prior to the training

o   Go to “How To Get Involved”

o   Choose Educator, Youth Worker, Coach

o   Choose Professional Development/In-Service Training

o   Scroll down to the lower portion of the page and click Mississippi

o   Click View Courses and log in with your credentials provided by your Coordinator.

o   Under Catalog click 2-Hour Courses

o   Choose 2022 Youth Suicide: "A Silent Epidemic" (Module 5)

o   Click View on the left under the second video and watch in its entirety

o   Take the post-test and make sure to get the certificate to your coordinator