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Oregon Students Are Now Allowed To Take Mental Health ‘Sick Days'

28 days ago   |   By Scary Mommy

Mental health will finally be treated like physical health in Oregon schools this upcoming year
Schools in Oregon will now treat mental health like any other physical ailment, so kids are now allowed to take a mental health day, if needed. Currently, the only “ excused absences ” in Oregon are for physical illness, a family member's physical illness, doctors appointments, or emergencies. Students will no longer have to pretend to have a cold when they desperately need a mental health day. Now, mental health absences (along with absences due to physical illness) will fall under the...
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Commission offers ways to improve physical health of people with mental illness

Commission offers ways to improve physical health of people with mental illness

28 days ago   |   By Healio

The Lancet Psychiatry Commission, a global taskforce of mental health experts, presented key targets, emerging strategies and recommendations for improving physical health outcomes in people with mental illness.
To protect the physical health of people with mental illness, the commission highlighted the importance of early intervention during the initial stages of illness and multidisciplinary lifestyle treatments.
"The disparities in physical health outcomes for people with mental illness are currently regarded as a human rights scandal,” Joseph Firth, PhD, senior research fellow at NICM
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