"Now, more than at any point in my life, young people need helping hands and listening ears."

Those words were spoken by U.S. Senator John Kennedy on the Senate floor as he presented his Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act, which requires higher education institutions to print the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and an on campus mental health program on the back of student ID cards or provide that information on the school's website.

"Mental health resources can be lifesaving, and college students deserve to know what help is available to them when they need it most," said Sen. Kennedy.

Suicide is a big problem among college students. As a matter of fact, according to information provided by Sen. Kennedy's office, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and 39% of college students report experiencing a significant mental health issue.

"I hope the House takes the opportunity to send this bill to the president's desk so young people who are facing new public health and social challenges know that they're not alone, said Kennedy.

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