SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Students struggling with their mental health will have an easier time getting the help that they need with new legislation supported by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, that would require public colleges to have the necessary resources for students experiencing mental health issues.
“Students today are under immense pressure to succeed, and it can have a significant impact on their mental health,” Mussman said. “If students do not have adequate access to mental health care and peer support resources, these young people are at risk for the health problems that occur as a result of the lack of access to proper mental health treatment.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 2152 creates the Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act, and requires public colleges and universities to form strategic partnerships with local mental health service providers to improve overall campus mental wellness. The legislation also calls for the creation of peer support groups to further benefit students who may be struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
“When it comes to physical injuries or illness, we know that immediate treatment is the best way to ensure a quick recovery. We must make sure that the same care given to students’ physical health is also provided for their mental and emotional wellbeing,” Mussman said. “This legislation helps ensure that students have the resources they need to be well on campus and throughout their academic careers.”
For more information, please contact Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.