• One in 6 children between the ages of 6 and 17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
  • Utah and Oregon allow students to take mental health days as excused absences from school.
  • Behavior and personality changes, becoming isolated, being easily irritated, and experiencing frequent headaches and stomachaches may be signs that your child needs a mental health day.

In response to the rising rates of depression and suicide among young people in the United States, some states are taking action.

In 2018, Utah passed a bill that states students are allowed to take a as an excused absence from school. Oregon followed Utah’s lead in 2019 when it enacted a similar law.

“This is a great idea, particularly for adolescents and teens, because depression and anxiety has so much prevalence among these age groups,” , PhD, psychologist and associate professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, told Healthline.

The states that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 6 and 17 experience a mental health disorder each year.

体育投注网址“Mental health days are not only good for the practical aspect of giving young people a break, but they also validate that the community and society are saying, ‘We understand and we’re supporting you in this way,'” said Clauss-Ehlers.

, OTD, occupational therapist and director of clinical operations at , agrees that these days can help eliminate stigma around mental illness.

“For schools to recognize that sometimes it’s better to take a mental health day than push through when you cannot seem to cope, is a tremendous support for students to feel understood and accepted, and [this, in turn, encourages] students to understand and accept themselves more,” Dry told Healthline.

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