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Representative Emerson is urging for a more comprehensive approach to tackle the mental health crisis on UW campuses. While he acknowledges recent legislative efforts, he believes that more needs to be done to make a significant impact in the lives of students. He criticizes the passing of unfunded mandates and emphasizes the importance of providing immediate relief and fostering an environment that prioritizes mental health.
The representative co-authored AB 588 earlier this year, which aims to provide funding for student mental health services at Universities of Wisconsin. He believes that passing this bill will enable UW campuses to hire more counselors and increase programming to help students in crisis and prevent others from reaching a crisis situation.
Emerson has observed how campuses rally around students in need and hopes that the legislature will take similar action by providing critical funding during this time. He emphasizes that this is a shared responsibility that transcends politics and calls for decisive action to create a safer, more supportive environment on Wisconsin campuses.
For those experiencing a mental health crisis, Emerson encourages them to reach out to the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988.