Chico, Calif.—May is Mental Health Awareness Month and both faculty members and students at Chico State are using it to encourage more support for Senate Bill 968.
There are currently eight mental health counselors on the Chico State campus.
That means that there is one counselor for every 1,800 students.
Both faculty and students want that number to change.
Many students are asking State Representatives to support Senate Bill 968: Post-Secondary Mental Health Counselors.
If passed into law it would require California State University Management to fund one full time mental health counselor for every 1,500 students on a CSU campus.
Many students seeking mental health help often find themselves having to wait three or four weeks due to a waiting list.
Students and faculty feel that is unacceptable.
Mimi Bommersbach a mental health counselor at Chico State said they’ve unfortunately seen an increase in students needing metal health help.
She said, "We've hospitalized a number of students. A hospitalization, when someone's feeling like they're going to harm themselves or others, used to be a rare event. 10 years ago we'd have maybe one or two a year. I think this semester there's been a hospitalization every single week, including the firs tone."
Senate Bill 938 received Bi-Partisan support from the education committee and is not headed to the Appropriations Committee.