With Suicide the 2nd Most Common Cause of Death Among Students, N.J. Lawmakers Want Colleges to Do More

College students in New Jersey would have access to peer support groups, psychological treatment on and off campus and online and a new student orientation session on depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, under a bill a state Assembly panel approved Monday.

The “Mental Health Early Action on Campus Act,” (A3005) was approved by an 11-0 vote by the Assembly Appropriations Committee after languishing for nearly a year. But the legislation is likely to gain renewed attention in the wake of the suicide death of a Rowan University student on Nov. 1.

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