Governor Roy Cooper has announced almost $8 million dollars in funding to support mental health programs in state colleges and universities. 

The new funding comes on top of a previous $5 million investment and will be directed at both new and existing mental health services for college students.

The governor released a statement on Monday highlighting the importance of identifying mental stress in students and providing access to quality care.

To that end, the funding will help secure collaboration between the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, the North Carolina Community College System, and the state’s independent colleges and universities to offer suicide prevention training to faculty and staff.

It will also be used to shore up an after-hours mental health hotline for students across all 17 institutions in the UNC System and develop a new training program for faculty, staff, and students.

The funding is derived from federal grants that have been incorporated into the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund.

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