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Crazy Days -- Oregon approves ‘mental health days’ for students

Whatever happened to pull up your big boy/girl/other pants and get on with life. 

(New York Post) - Oregon students will be allowed to take “mental health days” off from school, just as they would sick days, under a new bill signed by the governor.

The bill would allow excused school absences for mental or behavioral health and is a victory for youth activists — who also unsuccessfully fought for gun control and lowering the voting age.

The students behind the measure say it’s meant to change the stigma around mental health in a state that has some of the United States’ highest suicide rates.

Mental health experts say it is one of the first state laws to explicitly instruct schools to treat mental health and physical health equally, and it comes at a time educators are increasingly considering the emotional health of students. Utah passed a similar law last year. . . . continued.

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