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Full Text of HJR0095  101st General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Mental health includes emotional, psychological,
3and social well-being; it affects how people think, feel, and
4act; it also affects how we handle stress, relate to others,
5and make choices; and
6    WHEREAS, Mental health disorders are health conditions
7that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, or
8behavior, or some combination thereof, and are associated with
9distress or impaired functioning; and
10    WHEREAS, One in six U.S. youth aged six to 17 experience a
11mental health disorder each year; and
12    WHEREAS, LGBTQ youth experience mental health disorders at
13a significantly higher rate; and
14    WHEREAS, Bullying can affect one's mental health, both in
15the short term and later in life; and
16    WHEREAS, Bullying is a prevalent issue among youth ages 12
17to 18 years old, with 35% and 15% of that age group reporting
18involvement in traditional bullying and cyberbullying,
19respectively; and



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1    WHEREAS, Suicide is the second leading cause of death among
2people aged 10 to 34 and the 10th leading cause of death in the
3United States; and
4    WHEREAS, The University of Illinois' 2018 Illinois Youth
5Survey found that 58% of 12th grade students used alcohol,
6tobacco, inhalants, or marijuana in the past year; and
7    WHEREAS, Interactions with their peers is a major component
8of a student's daily life; school days last for an average of
96.5 hours, and Illinois requires a minimum of 176 school
10attendance days each school year; therefore, students are
11exposed to their peers for a minimum of 1,144 hours each year;
13    WHEREAS, Schools are the most effective and efficient
14places to teach youths to identify, understand, and respond to
15signs of substance use and mental health disorders in
16themselves and among their peers; schools can provide
17meaningful instruction to students on how to help someone who
18is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental
19health crisis; therefore, be it
22SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that we urge Illinois schools to



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1provide education for all students in grades six to 12 on how
2to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and
3mental illnesses, as well as provide instruction on how to help
4someone who is developing a mental health problem or
5experiencing a mental health crisis; and be it further
6    RESOLVED, That we commend the National Council for
7Behavioral Health and the Illinois Association for Behavioral
8Health for their work in developing and directing teen Mental
9Health First Aid training programs for schools; and be it
11    RESOLVED, That we commend Amos Alonzo Stagg High School,
12the Paris Union School District, and Clinton High School for
13participating in the first nationwide pilot programs of teen
14Mental Health First Aid training for schools; and be it further
15    RESOLVED, That we commend Operation Snowball, the Human
16Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties, and the Heritage
17Behavioral Health Center for participating in the first
18nationwide teen Mental Health First Aid instructor trainings;
19and be it further
20    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
21presented to the National Council for Behavioral Health, the
22Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, Amos Alonzo Stagg



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1High School, the Paris Union School District, Clinton High
2School, Operation Snowball, the Human Resources Center of Edgar
3and Clark Counties, and the Heritage Behavioral Health Center.