NY Mental Health Day Bill - Pass S563

NY Mental Health Day Bill - Pass S563

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Meera Dasgupta started this petition to State Senator Shelley Mayer and

The above photo is from an article written in September 2019 by the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/learning/students-mental-health-days.html#commentsContainer). Utah and Oregon have already passed legislation for this - it is time for New York State to do the same.

With the onset of COVID-19, New York high school students have faced burgeoning levels of stress as they have struggled to compete schoolwork in addition to surviving the pandemic. Many have taken on newer responsibilities in relation to parents and siblings. Being a current high school senior, like thousands of others, I am completing college applications whilst at home.

Though the scheduling within the school year has changed, there is no doubt as to the fact that the mental health of NY youth is in detriment. It has become so normalized to feel this way that we remain within a cycle in which burning out is commonplace. Mental health of students has acted upon with idealism rather than through action. Students will not get better unless we show them that their safety is our number one priority - mental in addition to physical health being at the forefront of reform.

Currently, many students do not have the same access to guidance counselors as they have had before. By passing Bill S563 (sponsered by NY State Senator Brad Hoylman) we can prevent students from ever getting to the point at which they feel that their lives are worth less than their attendence - (TW: suic*de mention) COVID-19 only having increased the risk of suicide for young people in their homes. 

I have watched my own friend' battles with mental health related issues. I too have forgotten myself many times. I'm writing this from a floor mattress in upstate NY with a single side table in front of me; I like many students, was displaced due to COVID-19. With the onset of many movements, we must also consider the mental health of black students during this period of time. We have to be cognizant of how the world is being internalized at this moment and have to act to save the lives of our peers, students, and loved ones.

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