From ASM campaign to state legislation: Suicide prevention hotline to be added to Wiscards

For UW-Madison students experiencing a mental health crisis next year, the number to call for help could be as close as the back of their student ID.

A new bill passed in the state Legislature this month mandates all student ID cards for colleges and universities in Wisconsin to include phone numbers for suicide prevention hotlines. The bill has bipartisan support and only awaits Gov. Tony Evers’ signature.

But the state legislation wasn’t the first UW-Madison heard of adding a crisis hotline to the back of Wiscards. Associated Students of Madison, the campus’ student government, already put the idea in motion thanks to a campaign started back in October.

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