Action alert! With your help, Washington Legislature ​can pass a bill to support children's mental health in schools before summer break.

Did you know there is still a children's mental health bill that can be put into action? SHB 1377 (Improving student mental health by enhancing nonacademic professional services) is supported by NAMI & the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) of Washington, and is still alive in the Washington State Legislature as part of the ongoing budget discussions in the second special session which begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Please contact your legislators and ask them to make HB 1377 a priority. Below is a sample message you can use as a starting point, and you can either call or email to make your voice heard.

You can look up your legislators here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Sample letter or phone call script:

Dear [Representative],

I'm writing to urge passage of SHB 1377 (Improving student mental health by enhancing nonacademic professional services).

Seattle Times reported on May 22 that in every average-size high-school class in this state, there are likely two or three students who have attempted suicide in the past year and more have seriously considered ending their lives. [http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/a-growing-number-of-washington-students-report-theyve-thought-about-suicide-or-attempted-it/] Meanwhile school mental health positions have been woefully underfunded, falling well below the national staffing standards.

Research shows that unmet student mental health needs pose barriers to learning and development. The special session provides the opportunity to bring our school mental health staffing up to national level standards and offer vital life-saving services to children in crisis. With suicide on the rise among Washington youth, we can't wait another year. Please help bring SHB 1377 into law.

Thank you in advance for your support.​

(Your name)

NAMI Member