WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) sat down with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to highlight their bipartisan efforts to address the student mental health crisis through their Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act, which would authorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide direct funding assistance to K-12 schools for student mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts. This funding is currently available for colleges and universities, but not for K-12 school districts.
Reporter: “Clark County School District says 30 students have taken their own lives during the pandemic. Senator Jacky Rosen is trying to raise some awareness of youth mental health on Capitol Hill.”
Senator Rosen: “We want to do everything we can to prevent those deaths. Anybody that works in a school should be trained to recognize the signs of distress for the students who would be in their age group at that school.”
Anchor: “Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada along with Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have introduced a bipartisan bill to provide federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”