Better Mental Health Education is Coming to Schools

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

State education systems are beginning to enact legislation that requires mental health education in schools. Read about it on HealthyPlace.

Better Mental Health Education is Coming to Schools

Kids and teens throughout the K-12 school system sometimes face mental health problems or crises. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, ADHD, OCD, and other challenges plague students at all educational levels. Tragically, the suicide rate in adolescents is climbing. As a society, we need to do something positive about student mental health.

State education systems are beginning to act. New York and Virginia have just become the first two states in the U.S. to enact legislation that requires mental health education in schools. Both states passed legislation about two years ago, and the legislation in both states went into effect on July 1, 2018.

In N.Y., K-12 students will have an updated health curriculum that includes mental health information. In VA., 9th and 10th grade students will receive mental health education as part of the health and physical education curriculum.

The laws are designed to help students learn:

Mandatory mental health education in two states is a great start. Now there’s 48 to go.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, July 9). Better Mental Health Education is Coming to Schools, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 15 from

Last Updated: July 10, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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