New York Becomes The First State To Launch Mandatory Mental Health Classes

By Mary Kekatos

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.

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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