Scott helps lead bipartisan bill to improve student mental health

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Bipartisan legislation proposed Sept. 28 by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) would promote comprehensive campus mental health and suicide prevention plans designed to counter growing student anxiety and depression.

“Mental health issues have skyrocketed on college campuses, where students are battling depression and anxiety at an alarming rate,” Senator Scott said. “Unfortunately, many students – especially those at smaller universities with fewer resources – don’t get the help they need. This bill will help close those gaps and allow students to focus on what they need. account: their friends, their activities and, above all, their education.

Rep. Scott signed as the original lead co-sponsor of the S. 4970 Improving Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act, along with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and four other original co-sponsors, including US Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

Senator Blumenthal said the country is in the midst of a youth mental health crisis with growing anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts among college students. “Our bill aims to ensure that colleges are prepared with the best evidence-based plans to promote positive mental health on campus and to support students when they need help the most,” he said. -he declares.

If passed, the bill would amend the Higher Education Act to provide greater coordination between the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and encourage higher education institutions create proactive plans to prevent suicide and promote positive mental health among students. , according to a summary of the bill provided by lawmakers.

S. 4970 is companion bill of the same name HR 5407, introduced in September 2021 by U.S. Representatives Susan Wild (D-PA) and Fred Keller (R-PA) and passed in June by the U.S. House of Representatives. United. S. 4970 has been referred for review to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which is also reviewing House-approved HR 5407.

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