REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Adi’s Act – SB 52 Bill Signing
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Good afternoon. I’m honored today to sign a vital piece of legislation on suicide prevention for Oregon students in honor of Adi Staub.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24 in Oregon. And the risk of death by suicide increases for our most vulnerable populations, such as LGBTQ youth, foster youth, and youth with disabilities.
Senate Bill 52 requires school districts to adopt plans and policies to prevent youth suicide. Along with the Student Success Act, investments and several other bills that have passed this session, our schools will have more resources and tools to help students feel safe and supported at school.
I would like to thank Adi’s parents, Christine and Lon Staub, for being here today. You underwent an unthinkable tragedy, and you used your experience to help other students and their families. Your work will help ensure that our schools have the right protocols and resources to address youth suicide.
I also would like to acknowledge the work of Basic Rights Oregon for their leadership on this bill. LGBTQ youth are more likely than their peers to contemplate or attempt suicide. This bill will result in better support at school for these students, and we could not have done it without your advocacy.
I now am honored to introduce Nancy Haque, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon.