Teen mental health days could save lives

“Self-care” has become a buzzword in the last few years, and many people think of it as a synonym for simply pampering themselves or indulging in a “me day.” In fact, self-care is enormously important when it comes to managing stress levels and safeguarding mental health.

That is why we were grateful to have the chance to testify recently at the Nevada Senate Education Committee hearing in favor of SB249. This bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Marilyn Dondero Loop of Senate District 8, provides authority to behavioral and mental health professionals to excuse student absences from school for mental health reasons under certain circumstances. It also mandates that all school-issued student ID cards be printed with hotlines for local and national mental health crisis resources.

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