Sending Office: Honorable Susan Wild
Sent By:
Julia.Cinquegrani@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in becoming an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act. This important legislation amends the Higher Education Act to promote positive mental health among
college students and encourage comprehensive planning to prevent suicide on college campuses. The deadline to join as an original cosponsor is COB today. 

Mental health issues are widespread among college students. Among the U.S.’s 21 million college and university students, at some point in the last year, 3 out of 5 students felt overwhelming anxiety and 1 out of 3 students felt too depressed to function.
In 2018, more than 300,000 college students attempted suicide and 1,400 died by suicide. Currently, in the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 15-24, with 6,252 deaths by suicide in 2017. Sixty percent
of first-year college students wish they had received more help with emotional preparation for college, but unfortunately, many of the mental health needs of college students go unaddressed as they make the difficult adjustment to college. 

The Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act
will help fill the gap in unmet mental health needs of college students by requiring the Department of Education to coordinate with the HHS Secretary to encourage institutions of higher education to develop and implement comprehensive mental health
and suicide prevention plans. These comprehensive plans will align with the recommendations of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center strategies, specifically its nine part Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center
is the federally supported center dedicated to suicide prevention and is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This bill will not impose new requirements on institutions of
higher education or impose financial burdens.

While the federal government has taken steps to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention in recent years, gaps in services on college campuses persist because there hasn’t been a defined role for the Department of Education. As Congress works
to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, it is important that higher education policy aligns with updated federal efforts to address mental health and suicide prevention.

Endorsing organizations: Active Minds, the JED Foundation, the Trevor Project, and the American Association of Suicidology. 

Current cosponsors: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Mike Quigley, and Raul Grijalva.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation which will help ensure college students have the resources they need to support their mental health and succeed in college. The deadline to join as an original cosponsor is COB today.

For questions or to join as a cosponsor, please contact Julia Cinquegrani at
Julia.Cinquegrani@mail.house.gov
.

 

Sincerely,

Susan Wild

Member of Congress

 

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