Bill aims to tighten mental health curriculum needs

Robert Barsel, a junior attending The Meadows School in Las Vegas, lost his father to a heart attack when he was 5 years old. He began experiencing anxiety in his classroom, and his mother took him to the nonprofit Adam’s Place to help him embrace his grief and gain the life skills he would need as a young man.

The impact took hold, and he became a mentor as early as 12 years old to other children in need.

Barsel, a teen committee member with nonprofit Hope Means Nevada, has put forth Senate Bill 313 designed to raise awareness for better mental health standards in Nevada school curricula, provide resources to workers who can help young people coping with thoughts about suicide and help teachers complete courses in mental health education.

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