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Lawmakers pass bill to add mental health education to Maine school curriculum

Posted By Alicia Hynes, Thursday, May 9, 2019
https://wgme.com/news/local/lawmakers-pass-bill-to-add-mental-health-education-to-maine-school-curriculum

"The median age that individuals are diagnosed with anxiety is seven. If we ignore that population and don't focus on it for another five years, what's going to happen in that meantime?" asks Hannah Longley, NAMI Maine's Director of Community programs, speaking to the importance of early mental health education.

Watch the full news story here.

AUGUSTA (WGME) – Mental health education could be the newest lesson for Maine students, after lawmakers passed a bill on Monday.

Supporters say this bill is a step in the right direction in removing the stigma around mental health issues.

The bill requires mental health education in all curriculum, from elementary to high school.

Bill sponsor Senator Brownie Carson believes it’s important to teach the youth how to talk about mental health and the discussions will help them be more mindful of their own wellbeing.

CBS 13 spoke with NAMI Maine, a mental health advocate organization, and workers say they support the bill 100 percent.

The bill will now go to Governor Janet Mills, and she has 10 days to sign or veto the bill.

Tags:  mental health awareness month  youth mental health 

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