ANNAPOLIS, MD - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed several bills into law on Tuesday, including one that will make crisis hotlines more readily available to children.
One mother has been pushing for this legislation and said this new law can't come soon enough.
It's a topic most people don't like to discuss.
"My son hung himself," says Lisa Liinthicum on her son who committed suicide in 2008.
Linthicum makes it a part of her daily conversation.
"I don't come and talk about this because I want to be famous or I want to be known," she says. "I come and do this because I don't want any other parent to experience what I have done."
The new law requires schools to print the Maryland Crisis Hotline number on the back of school IDs and in student handbooks.
It's a change that doesn't sound like much, but Linthicum says it could save a life.
"I believe it's a start," she said. "I believe this is the first time we've presented a bill of this magnitude here and I believe we have to lay a foundation."
Linthicum plans to come back next year to expand on the bill and make suicide education a regular conversation in schools.
As Linthicum watched the governor sign the bill into law, she said she hopes to stand alone on this issue.
"No, no, I don't want other parents to stand by me, so I will continue to stand up and talk about suicide to people," she said. "I will continue to answer phone calls and emails and go wherever somebody calls me to come, because a life is a huge thing to save."
If you would like to see the website Linthicum created after her son committed suicide, click here.
Click here for a link to the Maryland Youth Crisis website.
Click here for a link to warning signs of suicide.
The Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline can be reached at: 1-800-422-0009