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Student mental health days reduce stigma

from District Administration Magazine

Amid increasing rates of teenage depression, anxiety and suicide, an Oregon law recently went into effect expanding the definition of excused absences from school to include student mental and behavioral health days along with traditional sick days for physical illness. "This takes mental health out of the shadows, and makes people more aware of the issues and less ashamed to talk about mental health," says Jennifer Rothman, senior manager of youth and young adult initiatives at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. "It's showing students that schools value mental health just as much as physical health." Mental health days can also flag persistent issues to parents and schools, and help students get treatment earlier, Rothman says. more

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