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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban is backing a bill aimed at reducing youth suicides.

Saban said at a news conference in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday that suicide prevention matters to him after raising two children and spending four decades coaching young people.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that a bill introduced in the Legislature would make suicide awareness and prevention training mandatory for all certified public school personnel.

The bill is being sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen of Cottondale. It’s called the Jason Flatt Act, named after a 16-year-old who killed himself in 1997.

Flatt’s father, Clark Flatt, created the Tennessee-based Jason Foundation to raise awareness of youth suicide after his son’s death. Saban began working with the organization while he was the head coach at LSU.