Sending Office: Honorable J. Luis Correa
Sent By:
Emilio.Mendez@mail.house.gov

Cosponsors (46): Barragán, Bass, Blumenauer, Blunt Rochester, Cardenas, Case, Casten, Castor, Chu, Cisneros, Cleaver, Cohen, Cox, Davis, DeSaulnier,
Fitzpatrick, Haaland, Hartzler, Hastings, Hill, Horn, Horsford, Kaptur, Kuster, Lieu, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Lujan, McGovern, Meng, Mucarsel-Powell, Napolitano, Norton, Raskin, Rouda, Roybal-Allard, Ryan, Schiff, Serrano, Slotkin, Soto, Swalwell,
Takano, Vargas, Velazquez, Yarmuth

Endorsing Organizations: Active Minds, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Association of Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Occupational Therapy Association, American
Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, , Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Clinical Social Work Association, Crisis Text Line, Depression
and Bipolar Support Alliance, International OCD Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, The Trevor Project, Tourette Association of America

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in support of H.R. 3192, the bipartisan Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act, which aims to raise college students’ awareness of existing suicide prevention resources.

In 2017, there were more than 47,000 suicides nationwide, making it the tenth-leading cause of death. Among teenagers and young adults, the suicide rate is particularly alarming, with suicide reported as the second-leading cause of death for people between
the ages of 15 and 24.

For people experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line provide free and confidential round-the-clock support. Many colleges and universities also offer mental health resources on campus.

To raise awareness of these available resources, the bill simply requires colleges and universities to provide the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; Crisis Text Line; and a campus mental health center, if applicable, on student
identification cards. For colleges and universities that do not provide identification cards to their students, schools must ensure that the information is available on their website.

Suicide is a major public health problem. Providing information on existing suicide prevention resources can help students experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress and potentially save lives.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Emilio Mendez at
Emilio.Mendez@mail.house.gov (Correa) or Sammy Flitton at
Sam.Flitton@mail.house.gov (Stewart).

Sincerely,

 

J. Luis Correa                                                 Chris Stewart

Member of Congress                                     Member of Congress

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