Fund the Mountaineer Resilience Project before CARES Act money expires!

Fund the Mountaineer Resilience Project before CARES Act money expires!

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Petition to
Governor Jim Justice

Why this petition matters

Started by Logan Riffey

We the undersigned urge Governor James C. Justice II to meet with the leaders of the West Virginia University Student Government Association to discuss the Mountaineer Resilience Project and other ways his administration can support college students and their mental health.

There are lives at stake, and Governor Justice has $127 million that will expire at the end of this year. A small fraction of that money could be used to support and save the lives of struggling students. Our lives shouldn’t come with a price tag. 

This spring, we tragically lost three of our fellow Mountaineers. These were three incredible people who made our community and the world a better place. In the months following these tragedies, the students of this University called for help with mental health services on this campus. Just this Monday, we narrowly avoided yet another tragedy on campus related to this mental health crisis. We cannot wait for another tragedy to occur to begin addressing this issue.

We may be young, but our voices still matter and should be heard.

On September 15, 2021, AR-2021-08—an assembly resolution to establish and fund the Mountaineer Resilience Project—was passed unanimously by the Student Assembly at West Virginia University. This legislation was intended to address the concerns regarding the mental health of students at West Virginia University.

Since its passage, this resolution was forwarded to Governor Justice and his administration in the hopes he will consider supporting the Mountaineer Resilience Project and taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with members of the West Virginia University Student Government Association to discuss these important issues.

What is the Mountaineer Resilience Project?

The Mountaineer Resilience Project (MRP) is a set of initiatives to help students at West Virginia University with the mental health challenges they face as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The MRP would not only help improve the lives of students at WVU, but also save the lives of students at WVU. This would send a strong message across the country that West Virginia intends to be a leader in the area of mental health. There is a crisis on college campuses nationwide, and young people and businesses will take note when our great state takes the lead in handling that crisis seriously.

Why is the Mountaineer Resilience Project Important?

Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, college students have struggled to adjust to the toll on mental health. Whereas before the pandemic students had developed routines and complex social relationships, many have since been forced to withdraw from extracurricular activities, or even school altogether. Although West Virginia University is doing all it can to support student mental health, there is significant room for improvement that can only be achieved if given more funds. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is more important than ever that students have the support they need, and funding the MRP would allow Governor Justice to alleviate this crisis that plagues our nation, while also positioning our state as a leader in the critical area of mental health.

140 have signed. Let’s get to 200!