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NPR Buffalo: Mental health curriculum in NY schools; '...treat mental health as a common problem'

July 11, 2018, Buffalo, NY, WBFO-NPR: Gearing up for new mental health curriculum in schools A new state law took effect July 1st that now requires mental health education in Kindergarten through 12th grade all across New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this is the first law of its kind in the nation and now schools must be ready by September. … Sullivan tells WBFO News this is “huge” in working to break down mental illness stigma. … The new law adds mental health in instruction applying to all public and private schools that fall on the State Education Department. “We want to normalize mental health and mental health treatment,” declared State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo. … …But with many things the first year might be a little rocky, but the second year will get better – by the end of the program we hope to have it so people treat mental health as a common problem that can be remedied,” Ryan remarked.

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