***MEDIA ADVISORY – THURSDAY*** ASSEMBLY HIGHER EDUCATION PANEL TO DISCUSS NEED FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT NJ COLLEGES

(TRENTON) — The Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday will hear testimony from invited guests on the increased need for mental health services at state colleges and universities and will investigate recommendations for improving those services.

“From student suicides to the Virginia Tech shootings nearly three years ago, we have seen the heart-wrenching consequences of students not getting the mental health support they need,” said Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden), the committee’s chair. “We are all extremely interesting in hearing what steps have been taken to identify and address mental health problems in the student population before they result in tragedy.”

The committee has invited members of the state Division of Mental Health Advocacy and representatives from colleges, universities and mental health associations to testify.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee is scheduled to meet 10 a.m., Thursday, March 4 in Committee Room 15, State House Annex, West State Street, Trenton.

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