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Maine Passes Law to Allow Mental Health Days for Students

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I may be a little biased having grown up there, but I genuinely believe Maine is one of the best places to live. It may have harsh winters, but all of its seasons are beautiful, and it’s a great place to settle down to have a family, if that’s what you want out of life. The state motto is “The Way Live Should Be,” and that motto is truly being shown through the new legislation passed as of today that makes me appreciate my home even more.  

Governor Janet Mills signed a new law that will officially allow students to take mental health days off from school that will count as excused absences. The law was spurred on by the success of a support program run at Brunswick high school in which the school encourages students to have an open dialogue about difficult topics like suicide and depression.

This is one step in the right direction to de-stigmatize the discussion around mental health and the importance of students learning coping and self-care methods at a young age to carry with them into adulthood.

While I’m sure the adjustment period will be filled with some students claiming to need a mental health day just to get out of going to school, I think this is an incredibly important initiative to combat teen suicide, and I couldn’t be more proud of my home.

Check out original News Center Maine article here.

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