Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Assembly Panel Oks Suicide Prevention Bill

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Assembly Panel Oks Suicide Prevention Bill

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A bill that would require New Jersey colleges to provide students with suicide prevention help around the clock cleared an Assembly committee Thursday.

The Assembly Higher Education committee voted 5-0 to advance the Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act for a vote before the full Assembly. An identical measure was approved unanimously by the Senate on March 14.

The bill is named after Holleran, a track and soccer athlete at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale. She committed suicide in January 2014 while attending the University of Pennsylvania.

The bill requires higher education institutions to have individuals trained in mental health issues and focused on suicide prevention available around-the-clock either on campus or remotely via telephone.

Colleges also would be required to inform students of the service via email no later than 15 days after the start of each semester. …

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