With mental health conversations rising within the community from athletes to education, it’s beginning to create waves in communities that would never pay attention to the lingering affects of not addressing issues during the adolescent age has in adulthood. The Governor of Illinois wants to beat the next wave of mental breakdowns starting in 2022, by passing a new law allowing kids to take up to five mental health days off school. Starting in 2022, “public schools students ages 6-17 in the state of Illinois will be allowed to take a total of 5 mental health days without needed a doctors note for it to be considered excused, according to USA Today.”
With bullying, peer pressure on and off social media and suicides rates increasing during this age range, this is the start to solution for students to be able to break away when they feel they need it most; without being penalized for not showing up to school.
Now to see how many other states or individual school districts adopt this same law.