The time has come for Pennsylvania to show that it values the mental health and wellness of its children.
An 11-year-old student from Philadelphia named Phillip committed suicide after enduring prolonged bullying from his peers. This tragedy brings to light the fact that our school mental health professionals are not always available due to budget constraints and, in fact, there is no mandate for schools to retain mental health staff. We need to take an honest look at the number of mental health professionals in our schools and how we can provide the best access for our students to prevent future tragedies like this.
You have an opportunity to help our children by passing legislation that would require a study on the number of mental health professionals in our schools and make recommendations on how to increase the number of school mental health professionals to meet nationally accepted ratios.
It's time to act for the good of our children, their safety and well-being. Please pass Phillip’s Law now!
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