SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WGEM) -- Under a new law, students will have access to contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line on their student identification cards.
State officials stated the legislation will require the contact information for national crisis hotlines to be printed on identification badges issued to public middle and high school students in Illinois. School districts that do not issue student IDs would instead be required to publish the information on their websites.
State Senator Scott Bennett, who sponsored the bill, said the new legislation could be lifesaving.
“Early intervention is key to saving lives, and having lifesaving numbers conveniently listed on the back of an ID card can mean the difference between life and death for a student who is struggling,” Bennett said. “This is a simple step that will keep mental health resources close at hand for our youth.”
The legislation was signed into law Friday and takes effect immediately.