West Virginia University Student Leaders Ask For More Funding for Mental Health

West Virginia University students hope the governor will agree to invest federal relief dollars toward the mental health on college campuses.

“It’s a crisis on college campuses across the country. No state has really figured it out,” said Azeem Khan, a senator with the Student Government Association.

“By showing that West Virginia is going to take this seriously, Governor Justice has the opportunity to position West Virginia as a leader in the country in mental health. People will take notice of that and respect it.”

Khan acknowledged that mental health resources already exist for students, but he said the covid-19 pandemic highlighted greater need. Not only have many experienced stress, fatigue, loneliness and isolation during the pandemic, but mental health concerns have gone through increased societal consideration.

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