South Carolina has passed new legislation requiring public and private colleges and universities, as well as public schools serving grades 7-12, to have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number and additional crisis resources on school-issued student identification cards. The new legislation, Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act, S. 231, will provide students the resources they need in times of a crisis. We wrote an article on offering student ID badges for the entire school. Requiring students carry ID badges with them at all times is just one, convenient way of making sure that they have this important information to reach out in times of crisis. When otherwise they wouldn’t know what to do.

What information is required per the Suicide Prevention Act?

Student ID cards provided by universities must have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone number and contact information for an additional crisis resource selected by the university. The Student Identification Card Suicide Prevention Act, S. 231 applies to all student ID cards being issued for the first time and replacement cards. Prior to the start of each school year, schools will be required to certify that the information on the student IDs is up to date and reflects the current information for crisis resources on the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s website.