Missouri legislators to make second push for student suicide prevention bill
Legislators are making another attempt to prevent suicide among students in Missouri colleges and medical schools.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, pre-filed Senate Bill 52, which would require colleges and universities to develop suicide prevention policies. It also would create a statewide research committee to prevent depression among medical students, and forbid medical schools from preventing student-led efforts to study mental health issues among their peers.
“It’s really not a controversial bill. It’s an awareness bill,” said Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. “We have to begin to look at what’s happening on those college campuses, and try to have preventative measures in place before they get to that point of no return.”
Last year, Nasheed sponsored the measure for suicide prevention in colleges and universities, while state Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, filed a separate measure for medical schools. Their two bills did not make it through the legislature in the last session’s final days.