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Utica, NY: One in 5 students coming to school with mental health problems

Oct 12, 2018, WKTV, Utica, NY: Mental health education required in New York State schools https://www.wktv.com/content/news/Mental-health-education-required-in-New-York-State-schools-497297761.html Schools throughout the state now require mental health to be added to the curriculum. Schools throughout the state now require mental health to be added to the curriculum. A change to the state’s education law makes New York the first state to require mental health education be taught in schools. One in five people live with mental disorders nationwide. In New York State, nearly 20 percent of people are affected. “More and more students are coming to school with mental health issues and whatever we can do to help them with those situations is something that we think is beneficial,” said Dr. Brian Bellair, superintendent of Whitesboro Central School District. … The law aims to help students understand and cope with issues associated with mental health, and also lessen the threat of violence in schools. “That’s certainly the hope that all those violent incidents that are occurring in schools will decrease,” Bellair said. “We know that those that are the perpetrators, in those cases, often times have mental health issues that either were unknown or unaddressed. So, certainly the aim of this initiative is to decrease all those types of situations that happen in schools.”