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New law allows students to take ‘mental health days’

Under the first law of its kind in the United States, Oregon students will be allowed to take mental health or behavioral health days as an excused school absence. The bill, signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown last month, is meant to help change the stigma surrounding mental health, in part due to skyrocketing suicide rates. As one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., depression affects more than 16 million Americans and is the leading cause of ill health and disability...

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