To: The New Jersey State House

Passage of The Madison Holleran Law

Make colleges accountable for accurately listing the numbers of suicides and attempted suicides on their campuses annually. Colleges must also be mandated to provide certified suicide prevention personnel counselors to help potential victims address their needs and allay their fears about the rigorous demands of college life.

Why is this important?

On January 17, 2014 a former student of mine took her own life. Madison Holleran was a freshman at U Penn, and she was also an extremely talented runner on U Penn's track team. Her suicide left a void in the hearts of so many people across the United States. This law would allow us to keep Madison's legacy alive, and help other young adults from choosing suicide as a way of escaping the pressures of college expectations.

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Reasons for signing

  • I lost someone to suicide when I was growing up. I now specialize in depression and anxiety in my therapy private practice
  • As a two war frontline combat vet I can relate to how Maddy felt. I felt her pain and lack of real purpose and the guilt for what I did in combat and the horrors of what I saw. I just wanted it all to go away and was head first down the road to self destreuction. Thank God, that God and my family loved me enough to save me from myself
  • I lost my best friend to suicide 3 years ago. End the stigma! End the silence!

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