Bill aimed at preventing college student suicides advances

Suicide-prevention legislation inspired by a New Jersey high school track star and Ivy League college student who took her own life is advancing.

Bill aimed at preventing college student suicides advances

Bill aimed at preventing college student suicides advances

TRENTON - Suicide-prevention legislation inspired by a New Jersey high school track star and Ivy League college student who took her own life is advancing.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday approved a bill named after Madison Holleran. The 19-year-old was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania when she died in January 2014.

The Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act would require higher education institutions to have a professional with mental health training available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Schools would have to provide the contact information within 15 days of the start of each semester.

Similar legislation has cleared a committee in the state Senate.

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