Schlossberg: House passes mental health legislation

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said legislation that supports suicide prevention and mental health services at institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania today passed the House of Representatives.

“This is great news for students, colleges and universities across the commonwealth,” Schlossberg said. “Mental health treatment and a supportive community can make or break a student’s track toward success. This bipartisan legislation is exactly the correct step to take in order to help ensure problems are addressed before a student is found contemplating suicide.”

The bill would establish a certification process and standards for those schools which elect to become a Certified Suicide Prevention Institution of Higher Education. Through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, institutions would be recognized for their commitment to providing students with information and services to meet their mental health needs and to assist in the event a student experiences a mental health crisis. 

Schlossberg, who wrote H.B. 1822, explained his personal experience with depression and anxiety first began while attending college.

“What helped me with my own experiences, as it helped many other students, was mental health counseling and knowing which services and support were available,” Schlossberg said. “Colleges and universities which are able to demonstrate their commitment to supporting their students in this fashion deserve to be recognized for doing so.”

Schlossberg’s legislation goes to the Senate for consideration.