Power 5 Passes Legislation Supporting Mental Health

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The NCAA’s Power 5 conferences Thursday passed new legislation requiring member schools to make mental health services and resources available to their student-athletes.

The move comes in the wake of the death by suicide of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, which both shocked and saddened the world of college athletics.

ESPN reports that Washington State AD Pat Chun spoke during the Division I Autonomy Forum and Business Session at the NCAA convention in support of the legislation, pointing out that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college-aged people. When the vote took place afterward, representatives from each of the Power 5 leagues, plus 15 student-athlete representatives, unanimously supported it.

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