Mental Health Days on The Way for Oregon Students

Mental Health Days on The Way for Oregon Students

Oregon has passed a law to allow students to take a mental health day. Should this rule allow to the workplace?

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There is not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that there are at least a handful of people, including myself, that pretended to be sick or came up with some other excuse in order to simply miss a day of school. The classic “Mom I can’t go to school today because I’m feeling sick,” coughing a couple times and then pulling off the cutest face you could in order to convince her not to let you go to school, which worked until she brought out her thermometer and realized you were fine.

Everyone who skipped school had their reasons for doing so, but the reality is they may be having mental health issues. These issues are much harder to see and diagnose, unlike a broken bone or a fever and can significantly impact the developing minds of students and their progression towards their goals.

Mental health issues aren’t anything new, and has become more of a conversation in recent times, especially when suicide is at a 50-year high in the United States. For Oregon, it is the second leading cause of death among 10- to 34-year-olds, which is a significant figure that raises a red flag that something should be done.

Now, legislators are taking action, particularly, in the west coast state of Oregon where Governor Kate Brown signed a new law in June that will allow students a day off for mental health reasons. The new law, expected this fall, allows students take up to five mental health days every three months of school, while being able to make up any tests they could have missed, and it allows school districts within the state to create their own schedules.

There has been some backlash to the new law with some people criticizing its lack of accountability as they say the students will take advantage of this and take days off when they don’t need to. Recently graduated teen Hailey Hardcastle has a keen response to this point saying, “Children are already missing school for mental health reasons. The things is, they’re lying about it.”

Oregon isn’t the only state doing something about it. In July, the State Board of Education in Florida is requiring at least five hours of mental health instruction for its students starting in the 6th grade. Last year in Utah, they changed the policy on having a valid excuse to miss a day of school to include physical OR mental illness.

By no means is mental illness a joke or something to be ashamed of so if you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Oregon has passed a law to allow students to take a mental health day. Should this rule allow to the workplace?

Totals
26% We need it
74% Prob not
Males
22% We need it
78% Prob not
Females
36% We need it
64% Prob not

We need it

Prob not


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