A measure passed by state Rep. Fran Hurley (D-35th) that increases access to mental-health resources for college students took effect on Jan. 1.

“Newfound independence can be a difficult transition for many young people,” said Hurley. “The stress of being on their own for the first time compounded with stress about classes, taking on student loans or other big life changes can be overwhelming, so it is important for students to know about the many mental-health resources available to them.”

House Bill 3404, which passed both the Illinois House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, requires Illinois’ nine public universities and community colleges across the state to make all information related to mental health and suicide prevention services offered on campus readily accessible to students.

“This new law will make sure colleges and universities are actively promoting the mental-health resources available to students on campus,” said Hurley. “Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help. This new law will help create a culture of wellness and destigmatize mental-health issues on college campuses.”

For more information, call (773) 445-8128 or email repfranhurley@gmail.com.