The governor insists too many young people have harmed themselves, even committed suicide, and it’s time to act.
"Through these initiatives, it is my hope and our hope that this generation of young people will be prepared to cope with the stress and challenges that life can bring, to communicate and connect with another, to recognize when a friend needs help and be able to ask for help when they need it themselves," Murphy said.
Hopes are to get these initiatives up and running no later than the start of the next school year come fall.
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, a licensed physician by trade, has lobbied on this front.
"Mental health in general has been kept in the shadows," he added. "We don’t talk about it in the way that we should. We don’t fund it in the way that we should. We don’t have as robust a mental health care system as we need to have in this country."