Florida Schools Will Now Teach Mental Health

Students in Florida are about to get a new class next school year. Florida’s Board of Education passed a mandate that will require a minimum of five hours of compulsory teaching on mental and emotional health. This will be for all students aged 11-18. During these teaching mental health sessions, students will learn signs and symptoms, as well as how to get help for themselves and others.

“It’s no secret that mental illness robs students of the ability to reach their full potential, and we are joining forces to combat this disease and give our students the tools they need to thrive,” said Florida’s Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran.

Why Florida Needs Teaching Mental Health in Schools

One in five children in the US has a diagnosable mental health condition. However, only 15% of those who need treatment receive it. Half of all mental health conditions start by age 14, but most cases don’t get a diagnosis or treatment. Many mental illness symptoms are chalked up to teenage moodiness or rebellion.

The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health can have lasting consequences into adulthood. It can also have deadly consequences. A school shooting in Parkland, Florida rocked the state last year. The shooter had a long history of mental health issues that went untreated. Educators are now trying to prevent any further tragedies and get students the help they need before it’s too late.

These classes provide a unique opportunity to educate students about what they or their peers may be experiencing. It also opens up the doors of communication between educators and students.

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