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UVA Students Help Draft Mental Health Resources Bill

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RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -

A group of University of Virginia students from both sides of the political spectrum are getting in on the action in Richmond. The group helped draft a new proposal to raise awareness about mental health resources on college campuses.

If passed by the General Assembly, the bill would create new online resources to help students recognize symptoms and guide them toward mental health treatment.

"This is a time when a lot of students are living away from home for the first time. This is a time when social and academic pressures are at their highest,” UVA student Jarrod Nagurka stated. "The idea is to really get the message out that these resources are available to students, and encourage them to take advantage of them."

The bill, carried by Arlington Delegate Patrick Hope, would also require more mental health education for first year students. It will go before a House subcommittee for the first time later this week.

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