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  1. #1 Oregon to allow student 'mental health days' 
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    Oregon will allow students to take ďmental health daysĒ just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

    But donít call it coddling. The students behind the measure say itís meant to change the stigma around mental health in a state that has some of the United Statesí highest suicide rates. Mental health experts say it is one of the first state laws to explicitly instruct schools to treat mental health and physical health equally, and it comes at a time educators are increasingly considering the emotional health of students. Utah passed a similar law last year.
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    Students? Jeez, it is silly enough for employees to do such a thing.
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    Suicide is Oregonís second leading cause of death among those ages 10 to 34, according to data from the state Health Authority. Nearly 17% of eighth-graders reported seriously contemplating taking their lives within the past 12 months.

    And itís not just an Oregon problem, although the state does have a suicide rate 40% higher than the national average. The national suicide rate has also been on the rise and recently hit a 50-year high, climbing more than 30% since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    A relative of mine spent more than a decade coming to terms with her depression. It affected her throughout high school and college. The stigma of mental illness is what keeps some people form seeking help before they kill themselves.
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