New York becomes the first state to launch mandatory mental health classes

Mail Online | 9/24/2018 | Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For;Associated Press
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Across New York state, all schools will be teaching mental health as part of their health education this fall.

Thanks to a new law that took effect on July 1, all elementary school, middle school, and high school students will be required to learn about mental health in traditional physical education and health classes.

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The mandate is intended to help students understand more about emotional and mental wellness, and help them understand when to seek help for themselves and others.

It makes New York the first state to require that mental health be taught on educational agendas to all grades.

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While the law will give schools and districts some leeway in how they design the curriculum and lesson plans, they aren't entirely being left to their own devices.

After the law was passed in 2016, the New York State Mental Health Education Advisory Council was established in August 2017 to provide guidelines.

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The group says that nine key points must be taught as part of mental health education.

Some of these include: identifying signs of mental health problems, resources for help and support, and the negative stigma that surrounds mental illness.

Anxiety - Depression - Association - America - US

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million US adults aged 18 or older - or 18.1 percent of the population - suffer from anxiety disorders every year.

When it comes to children, however, the numbers are similar but in some ways even more shocking.

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Around 13 percent of children ages eight to 15 and 21...
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