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New York: Mental health to be a school subject in state

Jan 27, 2018, Albany (NY) Times Union: After long battle, mental health will be part of New York's school curriculum http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/After-long-battle-mental-health-will-be-part-of-12531279.php As a health teacher for the Shenendehowa school district, Dustin Verga sees firsthand the pressures today's youth are under.... "When you talk about mental health and mental illness, people are still, because of the stigma, in the closet about it," Liebman said. "People just don't talk about it like they talk about physical illness." … In addition, 22 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience serious mental disorders in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. "If these statistics seem startling, it's because the reality of when most mental illnesses begin is obscured from our view because most of us don't recognize the signs and symptoms when they appear, ignore them or mistakenly confuse them with other characteristics of adolescent such as changes associated with puberty," reads an October 2017 white paper by the Mental Health Association in New York State. …