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Illinois changes law after college suicide

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Following the suicide of an Illinois State University student, a law has been changed to allow parents of Illinois college students to view their student’s personal medical records.

The bill signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday only applies to a student's mental health records, and only if a university medical professional thinks a student poses a threat to themselves.

Once that is determined, the respective university or school will have the right to share concerns with a student's parents.

The push for a change began after student at ISU in Bloomington took his own life in 2014.

He had reportedly tried and failed in the past, and had been seeing a counselor, but his parents were unaware of the situation until their son successfully took his own life a year after his first attempt.

John A Logan College Student Will Lenzini says college can be tough, and the bigger the support group, the better.

"Most parents want to be there for you, explained the West Frankfort native on Saturday, "you just have to let them."

Statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health show that Suicide is the leading cause of death among college-aged individuals.

there are 2.9 self-inflicted deaths state-wide every day, and 86 daily across the nation.

Under the new measure, students will still have control over the specific information that can be released, and who it will be released to.

The measure goes into effect in 2016.

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