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Representative Emerson has called for a more comprehensive approach to addressing the mental health crisis on UV campuses. While he appreciates recent legislative efforts, he believes that more needs to be done to make a meaningful difference in students’ lives. He has criticized the enactment of unfunded mandates and emphasized the importance of providing emergency care and fostering an environment that prioritizes mental health.
The representative earlier this year co-authored AB 588, a bill that would provide funding for student mental health services at Wisconsin universities. He believes passing this bill would allow UV campuses to hire more counselors and increase programming to help students in crisis and prevent others from falling into crisis.
In his call for action, Representative Emerson emphasizes that this is a shared responsibility that transcends politics. He hopes the Legislature will rally around the campus to provide the critical funding needed during this time. The representative has witnessed firsthand how campus communities have rallied around students in need and wants to see similar support from lawmakers.
Moreover, AB 588 provides resources for those experiencing a mental health crisis, encouraging them to contact the National Suicide and Crisis Line by calling 988. This line offers immediate support and can connect individuals with trained counselors who can provide guidance and referrals as needed.
Overall, Representative Emerson’s call for action highlights the urgent need for comprehensive mental health services on UV campuses. By providing funding for counseling services and fostering an environment that prioritizes mental health, we can create a safer, more supportive learning environment for our students today and in the future.