New York, Virginia become first to require mental health education in schools

New York, Virginia become first to require mental health education in schools

On Sunday, New York and Virginia became the first two states to enact laws requiring mental health education in schools. New York's law updates the health curriculum in elementary, middle and high schools to include material on mental health. Virginia's law mandates that mental health education be incorporated into physical education and health curricula for ninth- and 10th-graders. The New York law says that mental health "is an integral part of our overall health and should be an integral part of health education in New York schools." Both laws come into effect amid an increased focus on mental health and suicide.

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