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New York and Virginia Now Requiring Schools to Teach About Mental Health
Students returning to Virginia and New York classrooms in the coming weeks will be required to participate in mental-health education as part of their health and physical education courses.
A new law in Virginia requires a mental-health curriculum for 9th and 10th graders.
A similar measure took effect in New York on July 1. The first-of-its-kind law requires schools to address mental health in health education programs for grades K-12.
Other states have responded to an increase in mental-illness rates with increased funding for school counseling and training teachers to recognize the symptoms of mental illness in order to better refer students to mental-health resources.
Vol. 38, Issue 02, Page 4Published in Print: August 29, 2018, as New York and Virginia Now Requiring Schools to Teach About Mental Health