New Illinois State Law Lets Students Take Mental Health Days


A new Illinois law allows public school students to take mental health days. Students can receive up to five in a given academic year. The bill’s sponsor said it’s just one way of letting students know its ok for them to seek the assistance they need. Officials say if students hit two of those days that triggers a response from the school that’s required by that same statute that they have to get mental health professionals involved in whatever that student is struggling with. They say to ensure they get the help that they need to resolve whatever those mental health issues are so they can focus back on life and schoolwork and family and sports and things that they are involved in. The governor signed the measure into law this week. Wilson said he is still reviewing the new legislation. School officials say they want students to take the mental health days for the right reasons. Officials say if they just give students cart blanc to take mental health days, as almost like, almost they were vacation days right. I just don’t want to get out of bed because I don’t want to face the world, well, that’s not good for mental health either, that has exactly the opposite impact of what I think the intent of this legislation is,  Governor JB Pritzker signed the bill aiming at increasing mental health awareness. The new law takes effect in January 2022.



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