Furman University Board of Trustees member David Trone, U.S. Representative (D-District 6) from Maryland, is in the news for introducing a bipartisan bill aimed at establishing a national commission to study mental health concerns at institutions of higher education. The commission would provide an environmental audit of the institutional policies and services available to students, said Laurel Stine, senior vice president of public policy at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“The pandemic was a disaster for the mental health of all Americans, but especially our college students,” Trone said in a release. “Untreated mental health issues at a young age can affect folks throughout their entire lifetimes. We must ensure that our colleges and universities are providing top-notch mental health care for students. This bipartisan bill will make that happen and set our students up for success.” Read more in Inside Higher Education.