Should Congress authorize grants to establish or maintain a student mental health and safety helpline?

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Bill Summary

This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to award grants to eligible entities to establish or maintain a student mental health and safety helpline. Sponsor: Rep. Chris Stewart (Republican, Utah, District 2) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

•   "At every turn, the Left is attempting to undermine the rights of parents: from kicking them out of school board meetings to offering gender transition counseling secretly." Source: Rep. Virginia Fox (Republican, North Carolina, District 5)

Proponents say

  "There is no excuse for Americans with mental health challenges not getting the help they need. Suicide is preventable with early intervention, but too often we are missing the opportunity to reach those in distress. This bipartisan legislation will take a step in the direction of righting that wrong. Suicide is an issue that hits home for everyone – it is a top ten cause of death nationwide, as well as in my home state. I encourage all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to join Rep. Newman and I in extending a much-needed hand to those in need." Source: Rep. Chris Stewart (Republican, Utah, District 2)

  "It is past time that we recognize that a student’s access to high-quality mental health resources and services is just as imperative to their future as their own education is. Over the past year, we have seen first-hand how the devastating effects of this pandemic have exacerbated the mental health crises that far too many students face every single day in Illinois' 3rd District and across the entire nation." Source: Former Rep. Marie Newman (Democrat, Illinois, District 3)