New Oregon Bill Allows Students To Call In Sick Due To Mental Health Issues

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As reported by FoxNews, Oregon students are now allowed to take "mental health days" just how they take sick days. Experts claim, "expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law" will positively affect the US education system.  Are US students moving to change the stigma around mental health disorders? The Typical Student team learned the details. 


How Many Absences Can Students Have? 

Experts in mental health disorders claim this is the first law clarifying that mental health and physical health must be treated equally on a state level. Oregon isn't the first state to pass the law, as Utah preceded with a similar law last year. Under state law, students are allowed to have up to five absences within a three month period. If there's a need for more, a written excuse must be submitted to the principal.


Activist Achievements

Signed by Gov. Kate Brown, this bill is one of the youth activists achievements. Apart from rooting for mental health services, the activists also lobbied for laws to strengthen gun control and lower the voting age. Sadly, both of the lobbied laws failed. Activist Haily Hardcastle, 18, from Sherwood (Portland suburb) commented as follows: "We were inspired by Parkland in the sense that it showed us that young people can totally change the political conversation. Just like those movements, this bill is something completely coming from the youth."


Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Oregon

For Oregon, creating a bill like this is a great success, and here's why.

  • According to the official statistics provided by the state Health Authority, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged between 10 to 34.
  • Nearly 17% of 8th-grade students reported they've been seriously thinking about committing suicide within the past 12 months.
  • The state's suicide rate is 40% higher than the national average. As for the suicide rate nationwide, as told by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has climbed more than 30% since 1999. 




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