Two States to Require Teaching Mental Health in Schools

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From Pew: “Amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness, two states have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic curriculum.

Most states require health education in all public schools, and state laws have been enacted in many states to require health teachers to include lessons on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, cancer detection and safe sex.

Two states are going further: New York’s new law adds mental health instruction to the list in kindergarten through 12th grade; Virginia requires it in ninth and 10th grades.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The next question is- what is going to be taught about mental health? This is a subject rife with humbug about mental health, as many of the standard diagnoses are filled with humbug elements concerning causes and treatments, while many of the most effective treatments are shunned by the mental health “community”, and recovered individuals castigated by professionals as delusional for believing themselves to be well.

  2. When I was in school we were taught “Morals and Religion” educated mildly about all the different religions in the world. I hope they treat psychiatry as just another religion rather than a science.
    People make choices rather than brain chemical imbalances make their choices for them.

  3. Stupid states. I don’t think it any coincident that the mental health system has invaded all walks of life in those two states probably more than most others. My hope is that the others can keep this rampant medicalization at bay a little longer.

    I’m sure we can manage some pockets of resistance, but this is distressing, and it probably foretells more bad news to come.