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DO pushes Missouri to improve mental health in medical school

Missouri Senate Bill 52 means more consideration for medical students at risk of depression.

The governor of Missouri signed a bill into law Friday that will allow medical schools to take a closer look at specifically what is causing increased medical student depression, according to Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed. Sen. Nasheed says the bill will also prohibit medical schools from discouraging students from spearheading or participating in mental health and depression studies.

The bill was carried through the Missouri House of Representatives by Representative Keith Fredrick, DO, the chairman of Missouri’s Health and Mental Health Policy House Committee.

The new regulations are part of Missouri Senate Bill 52, which also calls on all public universities to increase mental health programming and suicide prevention strategies for students on and off campus.

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