CHICAGO – To help provide better mental health resources for college students, state Rep. Lamont Robinson, Jr., D-Chicago, recently supported legislation to require public colleges to develop support systems for students experiencing mental health issues.
“College can be extremely stressful and have a significant impact on students’ mental health,” Robinson said. “Having resources available to assist students who are struggling is extremely important to both their college careers and their overall wellbeing.”
The Robinson-backed House Bill 2152 creates the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act that would require public colleges and universities to form mental health panels to address common mental health concerns on campus, such as depression and anxiety. The legislation would also require colleges to implement a peer to peer support program and form a partnership with local mental health service providers.
“As a former adjunct professor and student mentor, I know that mental health issues are not uncommon on college campuses,” Robinson said. “This legislation will help students facing depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other concerns find much needed balance and support while they earn their degree.”
For more information, please visit Robinson’s full-time constituent service office at 5048 S. Indiana Ave. in Chicago or call 773-924-4614.