SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Students at public universities and colleges would have access to expanded
mental health services under legislation passed by state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago.

“Moving away from home for the first time, combined with academic and social pressures, can lead to
many college students experiencing depression and anxiety as they transition to life on campus,”
Hurley said. “If left untreated, mental health issues can cause students’ grades, personal relationships
and overall well-being to suffer, putting their future plans at risk.”

With one in four college students being treated for or diagnosed with a mental health condition and
about one in five having considered suicide, Hurley’s House Bill 2152 is intended to address gaps in
mental health services on college campuses. The measure would establish peer-to-peer support
programs for students living with mental health conditions, as well as implement partnerships between
college campuses and local mental health providers. Additionally, colleges would be required to
establish an expert panel to advise students, faculty and staff on proper procedures for identifying and
addressing the needs of students who are exhibiting symptoms of mental health conditions.

“A rising number of college students are seeking out mental health services, which campuses need to
be equipped to provide,” said Hurley. “This legislation will help ensure students are able to access the
care they need to be successful during their college years.”

House Bill 2152 passed the House with strong bipartisan support and now moves to the Senate for

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