Task force recommends major changes at state colleges following 2 student suicides

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A new task force is on a mission to help students in the state, recommending major changes at state colleges.

Two students took their lives last week: one at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and the other at Eastern Connecticut State.

The state task force suggested every campus have a counselor and a case manager.

According to the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent suicide in teens and young adults, suicide is the second-largest killer on college campuses. It also says six out of ten students feel "overwhelming anxiety," and four out of ten students report serious depression.

"Everyone on campus has a role to play, from your faculty to your students, to your security to your athletic department," says Dr. Nance Roy of the Jed Foundation.

The task force may recommend mandatory "life skills" classes. But one Norwalk Community College student thinks help also starts at home.

"I think parents nowadays are more overprotective of their children, that nothing can touch them," said Jhoan Palacio. "Everything has to be OK with them. The parents solve the kids' problems nowadays."

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