Mental health professionals must now be available around the clock, either remotely or on campus, to assist New Jersey college students in distress. The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed the new suicide-prevention law this week. "We need to reach these young men and women and tell them they are not alone," Kevin O'Toole, the New Jersey senator who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement. "This legislation will ensure our college students will always have someone to lean on in their darkest hours."
When the legislation was first introduced in July, it included a requirement that colleges publicly list the number of suicides that occur on a campus each year. That component of the bill was widely criticized by mental health experts and was eventually removed.