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New Jersey Requires 24-Hour Mental Health Help

March 18, 2016

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.

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Jake New

Jake New, Reporter, covers student life and athletics for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in June 2014 after writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education and covering education technology for eCampus News. For his work at the Chronicle covering legal disputes between academic publishers and critical librarians, he was awarded the David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. His work has also appeared in the Bloomington Herald-Times, Indianapolis Monthly, Slate, PBS, Times Higher Education and the Australian. Jake studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student.

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