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(110 ILCS 58/25)
To raise mental health awareness on college campuses, each public college or university must do all of the following:
(1) Develop and implement an annual student
orientation session aimed at raising awareness about mental health conditions.
(2) Assess courses and seminars available to students
through their regular academic experiences and implement mental health awareness curricula if opportunities for integration exist.
(3) Create and feature a page on its website or
mobile application with information dedicated solely to the mental health resources available to students at the public college or university and in the surrounding community.
(4) Distribute messages related to mental health
resources that encourage help-seeking behavior through the online learning platform of the public college or university during high stress periods of the academic year, including, but not limited to, midterm or final examinations. These stigma-reducing strategies must be based on documented best practices.
(5) Three years after the effective date of this Act,
implement an online screening tool to raise awareness and establish a mechanism to link or refer students of the public college or university to services. Screenings and resources must be available year round for students and, at a minimum, must (i) include validated screening tools for depression, an anxiety disorder, an eating disorder, substance use, alcohol-use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, (ii) provide resources for immediate connection to services, if indicated, including emergency resources, (iii) provide general information about all mental health-related resources available to students of the public college or university, and (iv) function anonymously.
(6) At least once per term and at times of high
academic stress, including midterm or final examinations, provide students information regarding online screenings and resources.
(Source: P.A. 101-251, eff. 7-1-20