The Berkshire Eagle  reports a group of Drury High School student leaders are joining a statewide effort to keep schools safe and improve the well-being of classmates struggling on campus and at home.

The teenagers will receive training on mental health issues and recognizing the signs of violence and suicide among their peers through a $1 million federally funded partnership of the state Attorney General's Office and Sandy Hook Promise, a group founded in the wake of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Attorney General Maura Healey formally launched the initiative Monday morning during a roundtable discussion with the 16 sophomores, juniors and seniors, who will be among the 140,000 students and teachers in 50 school districts across the commonwealth participating in the program.

The three-year grant program will show young people and adults how to identify, assess and intervene before young people hurt themselves or others, according to a prepared release from the AG's office.


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