ENDORSED BILL

S.2112: AN ACT relative to the promotion of mental health education in massachusetts high schools

The bill is on the move! It was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Education and Senate Ways and Means. It was engrossed in the Senate on July 20, 2017 and was referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. 

Filed by Senator Jen Flanagan

This bill would give the state's public schools the option of incorporating a mental health curriculum into a comprehensive health education curriculum. It may provide instruction in areas such as mental health, mental illness, teenage brain development, stress management, physical health, violence prevention and mental illness stigma. Mental health education has been proven to reduce mental illness, stress, anxiety and self-harm in adolescents.

For the full bill text and hearing updates, please click here.