State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) attended the ceremonial signing of House Bill 28 by Governor John Kasich.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Anielski during the last General Assembly and requires that all public institutions of higher education, college and universities, develop and implement a policy to advise their school community on suicide prevention programs available on and off campus as well as provide information about mental health issues and resources for depression.

“House Bill 28 gives public institutions of higher education preventive tools and guidelines necessary to build plans of care and action to address mental health issues for their school community,” said Rep. Anielski. “The silent epidemic of youth suicide can be addressed early with appropriate behavioral healthcare services.”

Rep. Anielski’s legislative efforts include the establishment of a website,, Ohio Suicide Prevention Day, which is annually on September 10th, Ohio Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, which is annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and the granting of custom State of Ohio license plates for schools. The sale of the plates generates additional money for schools for student mental and emotion well-being programs determined by their school administration.


Pictured L-R: Will London, Legislative Aide to Rep. Anielski; Dr. Mark Hurst, Mental Health & Addiction Services; Valerie Connolly, Mental Health & Addiction Services; Governor John Kasich; Tracy Plouck, Director of Mental Health & Addiction Services; Laura Padgett, Ohio Department of Higher Education

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