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House Mental Health Committee passed mental health proposal for Illinois schools

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A lawmaker from Rockford is the lead sponsor of a bill highlighting the importance of mental health for kids.

The House Mental Health Committee passed the proposal unanimously on Thursday.

The plan urges schools to teach students how to help someone who is developing mental health problems.

Rockford Rep. Maurice West II says Illinois schools should provide education on how to identify and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

His resolution addresses students from sixth grade to senior year of high school.

"We will make Illinois a best practice state in terms of combating mental illness and destigmatizing mental illness," said West.

West also brought up a 2018 survey conducted by the University of Illinois that found 58 percent of high school seniors used alcohol, tobacco or marijuana.

West hopes more schools will recognize the impact of human resource centers and non-profits to help kids.

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