AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul R. LePage has signed a bill into law that will make sure staff at Maine schools are trained in suicide education and awareness.

In a ceremonial signing ceremony on Tuesday, LePage also pledged $44,000 from his contingency fund to the effort.

More than a dozen suicide survivors, staff from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention attended the event.

The law requires staff at Maine schools to participate in one-to-two-hour suicide education and awareness training. It also requires one staff for every 500 students in each district to complete a daylong training.