The MHART pilot program is launched to help students experiencing mental health crises

Two years ago, Lennon Wesley III received a heartbreaking email.

As a USC university student government senator, the then junior – as well as other USG members – read a student’s personal account of a mental health crisis on campus. The USC Department of Public Safety was the primary responder during the accident. The student detailed being greeted by armed and uniformed security officers, who carry firearms as part of their work gear, and the psychological impact of that encounter.

“Reading that second-hand story was really painful,” Wesley said. “From that point on, my colleagues and I [at USG] we kept in touch with that student, and eventually came the point where we couldn’t wait any longer to get to university. “

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