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The new mental health education mandate doesn’t go far enough

Just recently, New York and Virginia became the first two states to mandate that mental health become incorporated into school curriculums. New York passed a law for educators to teach material on mental health beginning from elementary school continuing on to high school. Virginia’s legislation intertwines mental health education with physical and health education for 9th and 10th graders. While these two states should certainly be commended for recognizing the importance of mental health care and for building a strong foundation to grow upon, the new curriculums don’t go nearly far enough to combat the seriousness of mental illness in America today. Anyone who can remember D.A.R.E. ...

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