HB23-1007 offers a simple but meaningful way to address the mental health crisis that exists in Colorado among young adults. If enacted, the legislation will require public and private education institutions to print the phone and text numbers of statewide and national mental health crisis and suicide hotlines on student identification cards. This small step could have an enormous impact on college students in our state.
The mental health crisis is pervasive among students on college campuses. In a June 2022 Harris poll, 60% of college students reported having a diagnosed mental health condition. As colleges work to respond to increased demand for mental health services, it makes sense to provide easy access to a resource that provides meaningful help and saves lives.
These support lines offer individuals dealing with any mental health struggles a place to receive confidential support. Indeed, research has shown that crisis calls can have significant impacts on mental health and crisis outcomes. It makes sense that access to these resources should be as accessible as possible. Those who are experiencing a crisis need quick and immediate access to help. Student ids, which are on students most of the time, offer the ideal place to put these numbers.
Church teaching affirms the inherent and inviolable dignity of every human. This means helping those in need and providing support for those who are suffering. For individuals who are experiencing mental health crises it is important to have resources readily available that help them in their time of need.
The Colorado Catholic Conference urges the enactment of HB 1007